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variable. To the extent possible, any selection bias was statistically corrected in the
data analysis. All biases and subsequent adjustments were documented. Even though
the survey link was e-mailed to higher education executives identified in the AACC list
as associated with community colleges (Appendix A, C, and D), the survey instrument
asked for institutional type of both present and previous institutions. This redundancy
was used to verify the institutional type. Those who were not working at community
colleges or who were not working at a community college in their immediately previous
position were excluded from the data analysis.
Design of Survey
The survey (Appendix B) was designed by the researcher and based on the
needs and theme of the research questions included in the dissertation. Besides using
survey questions directly related to the research questions, demographic questions
were asked as well as questions that might facilitate further lines of research in the
future on the types of presidential searches and the longevity of those holding
presidential positions. The survey included both multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank
questions but survey information produced nominal data except for years in a position
and tenure ranges.
The electronic form of the survey featured the questions that appear in Appendix
B. The survey was delivered via SurveyMonkey through e-mails to the presidents
selected to be surveyed (Appendices C and D). Survey Suite is a secure web-site
sponsored by the University of South Carolina. The online mode of surveying aided in
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