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population. Therefore, these findings are not necessarily generalizable to the entire
population of community college presidents.
Recommendations for Further Study
The number of respondents who reported holding presidency positions
immediately before their current positions was 64 out of 224. A larger survey sample
could produce statistically significant results. In order to increase the sample size, it
might be beneficial to survey presidents who have already retired. This method could
lead to increased time and expense for research unless a database similar to the
AACC's database could be generated for locating retired presidents. This
recommendation to include previous presidents with longer tenure was discussed
earlier. A similar study could be done with the existing pool of presidents by broadening
the study to include respondents' previous positions including those other than
president. The thrust of such a study would be a comparison of which positions most
often lead to the presidency as well as which previous positions lead to the longest
While this study has examined race and gender as a demographic factor and
mirrors current demographics of the population of community college presidents, race
and gender need to be examined as independent variables. A disadvantage to such a
study would be the fact that actual presidencies are skewed toward White males and
getting a large enough sampling of those representing other ethnic groups and women
would be difficult. The survey for this study included state specific data to be used to
examine regional differences and those differences influence on presidential longevity.
One possible study could include studying presidents of community colleges in the
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