Title page for ETD etd-06062008-165504
|Type of Document
||Horner, S. Scott
||The relationship between administrative function and position elimination during periods of retrenchment at community colleges
||Doctor of Education
||Community College Education
|Vogler, Daniel E.
|Chandler, R. Michael
|Fortune, Jimmie C.
|Morgan, Samuel D.
|Parks, David J.
|Date of Defense
This was an investigation of organizational response to retrenchment
in higher education. The presidents and deans of Washington State's 32
community and technical colleges were surveyed to measure the severity of,
as well as the strategic and economic approaches taken to the
retrenchment. It was found that although there was a statistically
significant association of .69 (p > .05) between colleges that viewed
retrenchment as a serious threat and the pursuit of revenue enhancing
options, there was also a statistically significant association of 87 (p >
.05) between the use of strategic retrenchment plans and a decremental
approach. These findings support those in the literature which hold that the
political context in which retrenchment ls carried out precludes
implementation of strategies that are 1n the best long-term interests of the
college. This investigation concludes that development of techniques for
protection of administrators from retaliation by the college community
during retrenchment episodes may be the most effective way to enhance
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