Research and Reports Blog
Date Posted: November 10, 2017
Author(s): Carol Cutler White, MPA, Ph.D.
This Executive Summary presents findings from a dissertation titled A Qualitative Comparative Analysis Exploring How the Arrangement of Higher Education Governance Shapes the Contribution of Two-Year Institutions to State Educational Attainment (Cutler White, 2016). The purpose of the study was to examine whether the arrangement of higher education governance enables or constrains the contribution of two-year institutions to increasing state educational attainment. The study’s findings suggest the arrangement of higher education governance indeed influences the contribution of two-year institutions through the policy process. Further, the findings suggest some states may be better positioned to increase attainment through the arrangement of higher education governance. Specifically, states with some form of coordination of higher education across two- and four-year institutions may have a policy environment better able to realize increases in attainment through policy innovation (Cutler White, 2016).
 
Date Posted: October 3, 2017
Author(s): Lyudmilova
Through analysis of publicly available websites, in combination with interviews of staff and administrators involved in the management of educational technologies in their designated institutions, this qualitative study was an investigation into how New Jersey community colleges support and implement educational technologies. The management of educational technology is subject to regulation on a variety of levels, including state, institutional, and divisional. Faculty interested in implementing educational technology in their courses have the option of pursuing acquisition of technologies through the institutional system, which at times may be lengthy and restrictive. They can also turn to the educational technology that can be accessed online. This study illuminated the effects of operational restrictions within community colleges, impacting the adoption of collegewide educational technologies.
 
Date Posted: June 28, 2017
Author(s): Katherine S. Marble
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Date Posted: June 7, 2017
Author(s): Dr. Jeffrey A. Fletcher
This report is an executive summary of a dissertation mixed-methods research study that investigated correlational relationships between state-funding distribution formulae and state-level CC governance structures across the national landscape. The purpose of this study was to determine if there were any correlational relationships between state-funding distribution formulae and state-level CC governance structures. State funding distribution formulae are tools utilized to substantiate the acquisition of funds and delineate the cost of education. Many states have experienced change since 2000 and it was critical to research whether or not state-funding has been an influence and/or driver of change. Furthermore, Mullin and Honeyman’s (2007) research about CC state-funding distribution formulae across the national landscape was found to be the most recent typology study from a review of the literature. As a result, an up-to-date typology of state-funding distribution formulae was needed.
Categories: Finance, Governance
 
Date Posted: May 15, 2017
Author(s): Krishna Bista
In this chapter, the author examines the perceptions of community college faculty’s international experience and internationalization at their campuses. The findings indicated a statistical difference between two types of faculty members: foreign-born faculty vs. US-born faculty and faculty with a prior international experience vs. faculty without an international experience. The outcomes of this study may help institutions of higher education enhance campus internationalization resources and diversity activities and provide faculty a rewarding workplace.
Citation: Bista, K. (2016). Faculty international experience and internationalization efforts at two-year colleges in the United States. In R. L. Raby & E. Valeau (Eds.), International education at community colleges: Themes, practices, and case studies. New York, NY: Palgrave Publishers.
 
Date Posted: December 16, 2016
Author(s): Dalila Avila Sajadian
Attainment and completion of college remains a problem for a large number of students, but particularly for community college and minority students. Co-enrollment is the process of enrolling at one or more institutions at the same time. This purpose of this practice brief is to review the literature on co – enrollment of students in both, 2 and 4 years institutions, as well as its impact in attainment and completion of a degree. This brief also aims to guide Community College leaders in the transfer of credits for con – enrolled students, following an ethical leadership approach, in particular a teleological metatheory. Key words: community college, co-enrollment, attainment and completion, ethical leadership.
 
Date Posted: December 14, 2016
Author(s): Drs. Jeffrey A. Fletcher
This report provides an analysis and evaluation about state-level community college governance structures of the 50 American States. There is a limited amount of research that has been done on state-level community college governance structures, and therefore additional and more comprehensive research on how the 50 American States structure their state-level governance of community colleges was needed. Additionally, an update on state-level community college governance structures for the 50 American States is beneficial for community college governance leaders across the country to not only stay current and informed on changes and trends, but to also have a better understanding about other states’ power-structures, governance, and administration over community colleges.
Categories: Governance
 
Date Posted: April 7, 2016
Author(s): Jessica Horohov
This study intends to frame individual employee understandings of a competency-based education (CBE) program in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in the past and present discourses of American higher education reform. The conference presentation will include an overview of the methodology (critical discourse analysis), the social and historical context of education’s efficiency and accountability, and preliminary results from interviews conducted with faculty and administrators of KCTCS.
 
Date Posted: February 26, 2016
Author(s): Lucia Lacey-Nevitt
Two-year College Succession Planning: Utilizing the Mission Statement for Selection of the Vice President of Human Resources Abstract Colleges have a critical investment in the proper selection of key executive administrative positions with high quality leadership and character since leadership transitions can be unsettling and costly, and governing boards have a vested interest in getting it right. The problem is that two-year colleges are facing a strategic planning crisis because administrators fail to align the mission statement with a succession plan, leaving colleges struggling to plan for replacing key administrative positions. This qualitative case study analyzed the best strategy for the selection process of executive college administrative positions, specifically the Vice President of Human Resources. This study was undertaken because of the limited research on the ways in which college mission statements can guide the strategic succession planning for executive administrative positions. The study employed a purposive sample of six human resource college administrators, and utilized multiple data sources: person-to-person interviews, focus group interview, and the Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE) Survey. The results of this study provided knowledge to academic administrators on the value of recognizing that a mission statement must guide succession planning for effective leadership development. Future research could utilize a larger sample of two-year colleges to strengthen generalizability of these findings. The integration of a multi-case/multi-site study into future research designs could improve the comprehensiveness nature of the results and allow for further comparative analysis between other two-year colleges. Knowledge derived from this study could contribute even more transparency in regard to the multitude of variables that contribute to the ways in which a two-year college mission statement guides the strategic succession plan for key administrative positions.
 
Date Posted: February 21, 2016
Author(s): John S. Levin, Marie Christine Martin, Ariadna I. López-Damián, Michael J. Hoggatt
This qualitative, longitudinal study focuses on neoliberal policy and practice in three U.S. community colleges in three states over a 25 year period. A narrative analysis of interviews with faculty and administrators and content analysis of institutional documents and policies revealed that both state and institutional policy and organizational behaviors emphasized program completion (including credentialing) and student learning outcomes, on the one hand, and state policy emphasized a globally competitive workforce and economic development, on the other hand. Findings indicate that although state policies focused on efficiency and performativity, neoliberalism in community colleges is not monolithic. Individual colleges responded in unique ways as they sought to respond to policy demands while endeavoring to maintain their missions and pursue their own local goals.
 
Date Posted: February 10, 2016
Author(s): Bob Barber, Sue Kater, and Other CSCC Members
This document contains answers to questions frequently asked by graduate students at CSCC conferences who are interested in working at or conducting research at community colleges. It can be used at higher education leadership programs and other forums where graduate students are seeking to learn more about the community college world.
 
Date Posted: December 18, 2015
Author(s): Alan Stage
This paper investigates the need for community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees. A research of the literature examined the need for this type of degree as well as how it fits with the mission of the community college. This paper will argue that the literature indicates both a need for these programs as well as the ability and willingness for community colleges to deliver them. The literature also shows, however, a gap in available research on the outcomes achieved by community colleges offering these programs.
 
Date Posted: December 18, 2015
Author(s): Jennifer A. McConville
The population of the United States is over half female. Women in the United States receive 57 percent of higher education degrees awarded each year. With these numbers continually increasing, one might assume the number of women leaders in our colleges are also growing at the same rate. They are not. This paper looks at the arguments behind why the ratios are not growing at a faster percentage. It also examines possible ways to start changing that trend.
 
Date Posted: December 18, 2015
Author(s): Vanessa Meinberg
This paper discusses issues facing low-income students in relation to degree-attainment and success rates at community colleges. Topics discussed include analyzing barriers this population faces using the socio-cultural theory and recommendations for action implementing Tinto’s (1975) Interactionalist Model of Student Persistence. Limitations and implications for future research are discussed as well. Keywords: Community College, Graduation Rates, Low-Income
 
Date Posted: December 18, 2015
Author(s): Miles Young
Community colleges currently face a crisis is governance in which globalization and the neo-liberal agenda have dictated how many administrators have chosen to structure their organizations. Consequently, faculty at these institutions have found themselves marginalized in this new corporate model. Shared governance, in response, provides a framework that scholars and practitioners can use to maintain community colleges’ relevance in today’s global market while ensuring the inclusion of faculty in institutional decision-making.
 
Date Posted: December 17, 2015
Author(s): Garrett D. Nogan
This position paper details the current climate and challenges of higher education. It highlights the challenges and myriad of issues specifically facing community colleges. While there are many types of leadership, collaborative leadership plays an overwhelming role in enabling community colleges to be successful now and in the future. Meeting multiple missions, maintaining organizational survival, expanding its reach, and meeting diversity needs are all challenges that are best solved through collaborative and participative leadership. While this leadership approach isn’t flawless, drawbacks and counter-arguments will also be identified.
 
Date Posted: December 16, 2015
Author(s): Holli Duggan
The purpose of this paper is to provide recommendations for increasing the use, revision, and development of open educational resources (OER) through closer collaborative partnerships with community college librarians to increase information literacy instruction. OER are defined as educational materials that are licensed to use freely which include learning objects such as videos, digital textbooks, learning modules, and lessons. Collaborative instruction efforts and the integration of OER can lessen financial burdens, enhance traditional curriculums, and help students’ transition to effective online learners.
 
Date Posted: December 15, 2015
Author(s): Janet K. Gill
With the open access model of community colleges and a goal of providing opportunities to all, we are challenged with helping those with the highest financial need find opportunities to better themselves and support their families. Community colleges have historically provided programming that gets people into career areas that can provide good living wages. One of the challenges those in poverty encounter as they look to education for the first step of their career is the unavailability of funding for certificate and short-term training programs. With this paper I will outline critical challenges we must address to assist those in poverty. I will also outline strategies to ensure successful attainment of educational goals that will advance financial security. In particularly, I will describe the constraint at most colleges that limits the availability of FAFSA funding for certificate programs
 
Date Posted: October 23, 2015
Author(s): Shaila Danielle Mulholland
While new community colleges proliferated across the nation during the 1950s and 1960s, Indiana’s postsecondary educational leaders pursued an alternative route to expanding educational opportunity during the postwar years through extension campuses. The study reported in this article draws on archival documents to gain an understanding of the rationale and motivations for opposing community college development in Indiana during the 1950s and the 1960s. Two research questions guided this analysis. First, how did state and educational leaders frame the issues, problems, and alternatives related to the expansion of post–high school educational opportunities? Second, why did policy actors in Indiana choose strategies different from those selected by most other states?
Citation: Mulholland, S. D. (2012). The Indiana story: How the extension movement was won. Community College Review, 40, 340-360. doi: 10.1177/0091552112458150
 
Date Posted: October 23, 2015
Author(s): Ketevan Mamiseishvili, and Lynn C. Koch
This study used data from the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study to examine the demographic and in-college characteristics of students with disabilities at 2-year institutions, identify the types of educational services available to them, and determine how students’ disability conditions and their selected demographic and in-college characteristics related to their persistence. Nearly 25% of the students with disabilities in the sample did not persist beyond their first year, and almost 51% left without return by the end of their third year. The results from chi-square tests revealed that nonpersistence was associated with depression, physical or orthopedic conditions and other conditions not specified in the survey. Delayed enrollment decreased the likelihood of both first-to-second and 3-year persistence. Conversely, full-time enrollment, high grade point averages (GPAs), high degree aspirations, and meetings with academic advisors were positively related to persistence. Recommendations for faculty members, administrators, and disability services staff members at 2-year institutions are provided.
Citation: Mamiseishvili, K., & Koch, L. C. (2012). Students with disabilities at 2-year institutions in the united states: Factors related to success. Community College Review, 40, 320-339. doi: 10.1177/0091552112456281