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education and the expense and disruption caused by continuous presidential searches.
The study attempted to verify that assertion and to link the decreasing length of tenure
to the methods used to locate and hire new presidents.
The literature in Chapter II also provided a foundation for the definitions for both
the types of executive searches and longevity of tenure for presidents hired from these
searches. In addition, Chapter II discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages
of the various types of searches as found in higher education literature. Although those
advantages and disadvantages were not used as a basis for the findings in the analysis
of the data, these were incorporated into the interpretation and discussion of the
implications of the findings. The remainder of Chapter III contains the following details:
1. The selection of the subjects included in the research
2. The design of the survey instrument
3. Data collection procedures
4. Data analysis.
Selection of Subjects
Potential respondents were identified through the American Association of
Community Colleges (AACC). Individuals employed at community colleges and
identified as having a title of president or chancellor of the institution or holding other
titles that were clearly identified as CEO were selected for participating in the survey.
Attention was paid to any systematic selection biases that might have been evident.
Although not directly factored into the data analysis, variables that were checked for
bias included gender and race/ethnicity. Biases in these categories and others were
determined by statistical comparisons to nationally normed demographics for each
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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/m1/41/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .