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Doctor of Education (EdD)


Secondary, Post Secondary and Vocational Education

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Many community colleges have three levels of administration. The first level is the chief administrator, the second level is the group of deans or vice presidents, and the third level is the group of division directors or the associate deans. This descriptive dissertation examines the third level administrator who manages in the instructional areas in relation to the perception of the role utilizing Guba and Getzel's Administrative Theory of Social Systems. Employing a selective sampling throughout the United States over five hundred third level administrators responded to a survey which asked them to describe their general responsibilities, their current issues and frustrations, and the perceptions of their role. The study includes the perceptions of the respondants of the role of the third level adminstrators. In addition there are recommendations for reform to make the institution more effective in relation to the role of the third level administrator.


Analysis; Associate; College; Community; Dean; Directors; Division; Role

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Community colleges

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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