Date Approved

5-9-2006

Embargo Period

3-31-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Community colleges--New Jersey; Universities and colleges--New Jersey--Finance

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the forces of change that will affect community colleges in New Jersey and to capture the attitudes of stakeholders towards the impact of these forces as they relate to the future of the structure of academic governance. The target population of this study was community college administrators and faculty in five community colleges in southern New Jersey (n=90). The study included a random sample of administrators and faculty members, with an overall response rate of 43.5%. In addition to the survey, 12 stakeholders were randomly chosen to participate in interviews, representing a sample of convenience. The survey data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 12.0, which calculated frequencies, percentages, means, and standard deviations. Interview data were analyzed by categorizing the comments, predictions, and opinions made by the faculty members and administrators. The research has found that community colleges in New Jersey face many changes that will challenge decision-making processes as autonomy from state control continues to expand, requirements for broader sources of funding for growth and expansion of technologies continue to increase, and internal management continues to migrate to a shared governance structure.

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