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dc.contributor.advisorRoueche, John E.en
dc.creatorHicswa, Stefani Gray, 1968-en
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-06T21:12:11Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-06T21:12:11Zen
dc.date.issued2003-08en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/12059en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractOver the past twenty years, leaders of national organizations have explored the capacity of community college presidents to serve as community development agents. By responding to development needs and building social capital, community college presidents serve a crucial role in rural areas. In addition to identifying and addressing critical community concerns, rural community college presidents must work proactively with community leaders to explore the relationship between education and community well being. Through vision building, community college presidents bring community members together to produce a vivid account of what rural residents want their community to become. To examine this phenomenon, Interactive Qualitative Analysis (IQA) was utilized to produce a grounded theory in rural community visioning. Through focus groups with community college leaders and community developers, and interviews with seventeen rural community college presidents, data were collected to determine the factors that comprise community visioning and how these factors are related. A systems representation of community visioning was developed through the creation and analysis of conceptual mind maps. The resulting model indicates community college presidents create hope in rural communities through leadership, enhancing capacity and agency, and implementing a comprehensive vision. The research demonstrates that in rural areas, community colleges’ mission is broader than responsiveness and service to the community; rural community college presidents’ role is to create hope.
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectCommunity college presidents--United Statesen
dc.subjectRural development--United Statesen
dc.subjectCommunity development--United Statesen
dc.titleThe role of community college presidents in vision building for rural community developmenten
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dc.description.departmentEducational Administrationen
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Administrationen
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Administrationen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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