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such as between private and public institutions, state or regional variables were not
examined in the study. Further, race, ethnicity, gender, and educational attainment as
either dependent or independent variables were not studied. The survey did ask for
some of this information but only to confirm that the respondents were a good
representation of the target population which was the population of community college
Assumptions of the Study
The following were the assumptions employed in the study:
1. The types of searches mentioned in the survey, while possibly not exhaustive,
covered the major types of presidential searches currently used in higher
2. The institutional types used in the survey, while possibly not exhaustive,
covered the primary types of two-year institutions surveyed.
3. All of the participants surveyed served as a president or in an equivalent
4. All of the participants served in a two-year community college or other two-
year only institution.
Definition of Terms
President, CEO (chief educational officer), or senior executive - According to
Martin and Samuels (2004) the label of CEO has begun to be used interchangably with
that of college or university president. For purposes of this study administrators with the
designation of chancellor, provost, or even dean may be used if the person is the
preeminent (excluding boards and governmental officials where applicable) chief officer
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