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Navigating California's stormy seas: A multi-case study of presidential leadership in the midst of fiscal crisis


2012 2012

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Abstract (summary)

California's fiscal crisis is more severe than those of past decades and as a result, the State's community colleges have experienced substantial cuts to their budgets. Multiple reductions in funding since 2008 have forced colleges to scale back their course offerings, reduce personnel, and limit student services. This lack of funding has created a dislodging event that has brought underlying issues to the surface and created new problems for leaders navigating this environment.

This qualitative multi-case study examines presidential leadership in the midst of such conditions and documents the various challenges California community colleges face during an economic downturn. It identifies the unintended consequences of the state's legislation and funding model. The threat to the community college mission, prompted by the fiscal crisis and exacerbated by legislative boundaries, collective bargaining, and accreditation standards, is explored through the experiences of community college leaders. This study also identifies how the fiscal crisis is changing what was once an exemplary approach to securing democracy through the education of a mass populous and how those changes are negatively impacting the role of the California community college president.

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Subject
Educational leadership;
Education Policy;
School administration
Classification
0449: Educational leadership
0458: Education Policy
0514: School administration
Identifier / keyword
Education, California, Case study, Community college president, Fiscal crisis, Leadership, Public policy
Title
Navigating California's stormy seas: A multi-case study of presidential leadership in the midst of fiscal crisis
Author
Clark, Kristin Lane
Number of pages
189
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 74/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267679994
Advisor
Hartley, J. Matthew
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3530077
ProQuest document ID
1112441637
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/1112441637
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