Date Approved

5-27-2008

Embargo Period

3-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Subject(s)

Development leadership--New Jersey; Universities and colleges--New Jersey--Administration

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the overall attitudes of Cumberland County College's Student pathways Leadership Institute of 11 selected participants who were all enrolled in the 2007-2008 Student Pathways Leadership Institute at Cumberland County College, Vineland, NJ, in April, 2008. Attitude data were collected through a survey consisting of 23 Likert scale items using a 5-point scale. Data analysis suggests that the selected participants had a positive attitude towards the Student Pathways Leadership Institute. Overall, 10 out of 11 participants reported that they agreed that participating in the Student Pathways Leadership Institute increased their understanding of leadership development. Moreover, participants reported on gaining concrete skills through the institute and learning something about leadership in which they can apply to real-life experiences. Despite the overall positive attitudes of the Student Pathways Leadership Institute and how the program exposed them to people with life experiences different than their own, participants did not report as strongly on how the Student Pathways Leadership Institute helped them define their personal values. Yet, participants still felt as though the Office of Student Life and Athletics was doing enough to engage students in activities outside the classroom. All participants had suggestions on how to improve the institute for future years.

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