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b. Relationship between type of presidential search process used for
selection in immediately previous position and total length of tenure in that
Survey Methodology Related to Research Questions
Data addressing Research Question 1 -- the length of tenure for presidents in the
sample and process used for selection -- were self-reported by the presidents
responding to Question 7: "starting date in your current position at your present
Oinstitution (mm/yy)." The researcher calculated the length of tenure from the starting
date given by the respondents. Data on the length of the immediately previous position
of the president were self-reported by the respondents in Question 14. No calculation
was required for this question.
Research Question 2 data were self-reported by the presidents responding to
survey Questions 7 and 11 to determine which participants represented the college
presidents in the sample. The responses for Research Question 1 and Research
Question 2 were compared using a simple correlation to ascertain the relationship
between types of presidential searches used and longevity of tenure in the presidential
position. Higher order statistical analysis was used as deemed necessary from the
analysis of the initial results.
As stated in the first chapter, statistical data were obtained through the creation
and distribution of a questionnaire sent to presidents and other higher education chief
operating officers to show the relationship between the type of selection process used in
presidential searches and presidential longevity. The literature contained in Chapter II
included the apparently decreasing length of tenure for chief executive officers in higher
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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/m1/40/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .