Author(s)

Bhavesh Bambhrolia

Date Approved

5-27-2015

Embargo Period

11-23-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Ane

Subject(s)

Community college presidents;Universities and colleges--United States--Administration

Disciplines

Community College Education Administration

Abstract

Community colleges are facing new economic realities in the midst of growing demand for accountability. To meet these challenges, college leaders take a strategic posture rooted in an entrepreneurial behavior. However, the relationship between entrepreneurialism and overall performance in a community college setting remained a gap in the existing body of literature. The purpose of this survey research was to explore the relationship between community college entrepreneurial orientation, enrollment management orientation, and performance. The study measured entrepreneurial orientation using a modified instrument, and enrollment management orientation was measured from a newly developed item set. Lastly, an objective measure of performance data were acquired from IPEDS. Study participants were community college presidents representing institutions from 39 states across the U.S. The findings suggest that entrepreneurial orientation is a significant predictor of enrollment management orientation. However, entrepreneurial orientation and enrollment management orientation were not significant predictors of objective performance. The implications for future research, policy, and practice are discussed.

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