A Quantitative Study of the Presidential Search Process and Position Longevity in Community Colleges Page: 31
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This quantitative study sought to find if there is a significant correlation between
the type of search process, of hiring presidents of higher education institutions and the
length of the presidential tenure. As previously stated this comparison was based on
the premises that most often longevity in presidential office adds to the stability,
innovation, and success of the higher education institution. In order to examine this
postulation, two major research questions were addressed.
The methods of this study were determined, primarily, by the following two
1. What method(s) of selection, of the seven put forward, were most successful
in selecting presidents based on longevity? The specific variables examined
a. Method used for selection in current position
b. Method used for selection in previous position
c. Number of years completed to present in current position
d. Number of years total spent in immediately previous position.
2. What is the relationship between type of presidential search used and the
length of tenure in the sample? The specific variables examined were:
a. Relationship between type of presidential search process used for
selection in current position and currently completed length of tenure.
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Howells, Constance L. A Quantitative Study of the Presidential Search Process and Position Longevity in Community Colleges, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103329/m1/39/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .