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community college presidents. Following the first e-mail invitation, there were 147
surveys completed. A second e-mail inviting the presidents to participate in the survey,
if they had not done so previously, was sent on June 22, 2011. This follow-up e-mail
garnered an additional 117 responses. Of the combined 264 responses, nine were
determined to be invalid because the respondents' positions were not comparable to the
position of president or senior executive of the college. Thirty-one completed surveys
were determined to be completed by respondents who previously completed the survey,
and 224 were determined to be valid, complete surveys.
The SAS statistical analysis software application was used to perform the
variable coding, frequencies, and analysis procedures. Coding for analysis of the
survey was done by converting most questions' responses to numerically coded
responses for analysis. Questions 6 and 15 dealing with current and immediately
previous state of employment were converted to United States Postal State Codes for
uniformity and ease of analysis. Gender and Race questions were coded using Texas
State and IPEDS reporting race codes as defined prior to 2010 with Hispanic = 3 and
Other = 6. The responses to Question 7, "Starting date in your current position at your
present institution (mm/yy)," were converted into discrete, whole years and then into
three different variables using groupings of different year spans for the second two
variables (Table 4). Those respondents with less than one year of tenure were
assigned the value of 0 years, except in calculating mean years of longevity where a
value of 0.5 was assigned. The variable labeled Q7STDT1 was grouped by actual
years of tenure. The variable labeled Q7STDT2 was categorized by one group of
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