Title

Community college program administrators' perceptions of key areas of responsibility

Abstract

This study investigated perceptions of community college program administrators within the 28 public community colleges in Florida concerning their performance of identified tasks and the importance of those tasks within 8 key areas of responsibility. In addition, selected demographic characteristics of program administrators were examined. The Community College Program Administrator Survey (CCPAS) was used by the investigator for this research. The survey instrument provided 8 key areas of responsibility: Department Governance, Instruction, FacuLty Affairs, Student Affairs, External Communications, Budget and Resources, Office Management, and Professional Development. The research questions concerned the performance of identified tasks, perceptions of the importance of those tasks within the 8 key areas, importance rankings of the 8 key areas, and differences in perceptions among demographic program administrator subgroups. Results from this study suggest that: 1. Program administrators do perform the 57 identified tasks within the 8 key areas of responsibility. 2. Program administrators cite all 8 key areas as being important. 3. The key areas of Student Affairs and Budget and Resources were not equally important within the demographic subgroups of gender and institution size. Recommendations for practice included: (a) defining the role of the program administrator which could be useful in the selection process, and (b) using the results of this study to determine where professional development or inservice is warranted. In addition, since this study did reveal a difference in performance and importance in External Communications and also Instruction, some specific attention should be given by central administrators on community college campuses to the changing nature of the program administrator role.

Notes

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Graduation Date

1996

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Lynn, Mary Ann

Degree

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

College

College of Education

Department

Educational Services

Format

Print

Pages

145 p.

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0020795

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic

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