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Author McComis, Michale S
Title Does leadership matter? The relationship between leadership characteristics and student achievement in private career colleges
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Descript 148 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-05, Section: A, page: 1667
Adviser: Hal Burbach
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Virginia, 2006
This dissertation examines leadership in the private career college sector and examines its relationship to student achievement outcomes in terms of student program completion and employment attainment. The research questions for this study are (1) "What leadership characteristics are exercised by college leaders in private career colleges?" (2) "What leadership characteristics are believed to be important by college leaders in private career colleges?" and (3) "Is there a relationship between the leadership characteristics of leaders within private career colleges and the rates at which students attending those institutions complete their programs of study and attain employment in the field for which they received training?" The study used data collected from surveys distributed to institutional leaders in private career colleges and their institutions' rates of student program completion and employment attainment. The surveys asked respondents to rate the frequency with which certain leadership characteristics are exhibited and asked respondents to rank those characteristics in order of importance. The survey results were correlated to institutional student achievement outcomes data which demonstrated a statistically significant relationship between leadership and student achievement. College leaders who indicated higher rates of frequency for exhibiting leadership characteristics and were more able to discern the characteristics collectively identified as the most important tended to represent institutions with higher rates of student program completion. In addition, it was found that higher rates of student program completion tend to yield higher rates of graduate job attainment and therefore, it appears that leadership characteristics affect graduate employment indirectly through those actions that affect student program completion
School code: 0246
DDC
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-05A
Subject Education, Administration
Education, Higher
Education, Vocational
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0745
0747
Alt Author University of Virginia
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