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FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS
Research Question 1: What method(s) of selection, of the seven put forward,
were most successful in selecting presidents based on longevity?
While only the relationship between the number of years the current presidents
had been employed in their current positions proved to be statistically significant (F =
3.41, p = 0.0055), there were other noteworthy findings including some suggesting other
avenues of research. Of the 224 valid surveys, 48.31% of the respondents had less
than 1 year of tenure in their current positions, 75% had fewer than 10 years of tenure.
While the American Association of Community College's (AACC) membership showed
47% of their president members have 4 or fewer years in their current offices, 64.7% of
the current presidents responding to this study's survey reported having 0 to 4 years in
their current presidency. The difference between the current study and the AACC's
numbers which is 17.7% has suggested that the newer presidents were more likely to
respond to the survey; otherwise, the study sample would have more accurately
represented in the AACC membership percentages.
However, the finding warrants further inquiry into the possibility that changes in
presidencies since the most recent AACC data were published had eliminated
presidencies with longer tenure and replaced those with newer presidents. The survey
system received a dozen messages indicating that targeted presidents were no longer
at the specified institution. The mean longevity of each group is represented in Figure
1. Groupings of 10 year intervals provided a similar pattern of mean longevity.
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