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(n = 24), Texas (n = 18), New York (n = 12) and Washington (n = 10). These presidents
had previously also served in 44 different states but had not necessarily served
institutions in the same state. The respondents' previous institutions were located most
often in California (n = 19), North Carolina (n = 19), Texas (n = 15), and Michigan (n =
11). Based on the AACC's 2011 statistics on length of tenure of community college
presidents, the survey responses were skewed slightly toward presidents with low
longevity in their current positions. Table 9 shows the comparison of all presidents and
the survey cohort.
Comparison of All Community College Presidents and Survey Cohort
All Community College Survey Responding
Number of Years Presidents Presidents
0-4 years 47% 64.7%
5-9 years 28% 17.4%
10-19 years 20% 21.4%
20-29 years 4% 5.8%
30+ years 1% 0.45%
Tenure Results for Respondents' Current Positions
Analysis of the survey was separated into two approaches. The first approach
involved an analysis of the first stage utilizing Question 1 through Question 10 with
Question 1 and Question 2 serving as demographic information for both stages of the
survey. This approach enabled the analysis to be concentrated on the respondents'
current positions as president or the organizational equivalent. Because the major
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