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Title Why women make the decision to become presidents at rural community colleges
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Degree PhD
Discipline/Department Education
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher Colorado State University
Abstract This interpretative phenomenological analysis examined what influenced10 women's decisions to become rural community college presidents in the western region of the US. The themes which emerged were how career history shaped decisions; the role groups played in women's decision to become presidents; the importance of rural roots and the "right fit"; the influence of gender on women's decisions to become presidents; and advice for women seeking rural community college presidential positions. Ten women shared their experiences. Women shared why they decided to become rural community college presidents. Women discovered their self-efficacy and internal strengths through pure determination, grit, and verve in becoming rural community college presidents. These women credited their successes to their education, pursuit of advanced administrative positions, personal experiences, professional development opportunities, mentors who helped them build their confidence, and the support of their families. The majority of women arriving at the rural community college presidency in this study had rural roots and a desire to live rurally. All women in the study discussed the significance of engaging in local community activities and events, civic clubs, and the importance of understanding the local culture. Relationships in the community meant everything and strong interpersonal skills were critical for being successful. Women were passionate about serving at rural community colleges and the primary role of connecting with the community. Women shared that one should be prepared to live in a fishbowl with everyone knowing your business.
Subjects/Keywords community college; rural; women; presidency; administration; western region of US
Contributors Kuk, Linda (advisor); Jennings, Louise (committee member); Anderson, Sharon (committee member); Tungate, Susan (committee member)
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Record ID handle:10217/191359
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Date Indexed 2020-12-11
Grantor Colorado State University
Issued Date 2018-01-01 00:00:00
Note [] 2018 Summer.; [] Includes bibliographical references.;

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