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United States by region as determined through the regional accrediting agencies. An
intervening variable might be related to the differing restrictions imposed by these
agencies on the selection of presidents or on their required qualifications.
This study collected data on institutional type, however, as with gender and race,
the responses collected showed a bias toward two-year community colleges. This is
probably due to the method of acquiring contact information for the survey as well as
the fact that there are more two-year institutions that classify themselves as community
colleges than any other classification. The two-year community colleges could be
subdivided into several more specific categories in future studies.
A comparison of longevity and pay could be performed in future studies.
However, pay plus benefits would probably need to be used to produce a true picture.
While most community colleges, being public entities, have to publish their presidents'
salaries, getting a true picture of the additional perks and benefits offered to community
college presidents may be more difficult to acquire.
A future study could easily be broadened to encompass presidents of four-year
institutions in addition to those of community colleges. However, studying presidents of
four-year institutions would offer some difficulties with both the organizational
complexities and administrative hierarchies found in them. An additional possibility
could be to examine crossover situations for those who have been presidents of both
two-year and four-year institutions. An examination of longevity could be used examine
whether or not such crossover situations produce the same presidential longevity as for
those who have only ever served as presidents in one type of institution.
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Howells, Constance L. A Quantitative Study of the Presidential Search Process and Position Longevity in Community Colleges, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103329/m1/62/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .