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Maintaining the Value of a Midwestern Community College in Kansas from External Stakeholders’ Perspectives and Recommendations

Version 1 : Received: 25 November 2017 / Approved: 26 November 2017 / Online: 26 November 2017 (13:20:28 CET)

How to cite: Mustafa, M.B.; Jaradat, M.; Goodvin, S.B.; Bakken, L.; Eubank, H.; Rathbun, S.E.; Watkins, M.C.H.; Stucky, J. Maintaining the Value of a Midwestern Community College in Kansas from External Stakeholders’ Perspectives and Recommendations. Preprints 2017, 2017110168 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201711.0168.v1). Mustafa, M.B.; Jaradat, M.; Goodvin, S.B.; Bakken, L.; Eubank, H.; Rathbun, S.E.; Watkins, M.C.H.; Stucky, J. Maintaining the Value of a Midwestern Community College in Kansas from External Stakeholders’ Perspectives and Recommendations. Preprints 2017, 2017110168 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201711.0168.v1).

Abstract

In 2002, the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accrediting agency in the US, placed the community college in this study on academic probation for several criteria and many residents of the community believed that closing doors was the best option for addressing these concerns. This study is designed to ascertain data from external stakeholders of the community college regarding their current perceived value of the community college and suggestions about moving from the present to the future. The main question of the study is: What are external stakeholders’ perceptions of the value of the college to the service area? This qualitative approach is used consisting of interviews, focus groups, surveys, and document review to triangulate stakeholder perspectives. Participants included 176 high school seniors from different counties, four counselors, and four focus groups. The findings from the data are presented in this study are planned to be used by community college officials to incorporate into their strategic plans. They showed that the college needs to consider the value that it brings to the service area including economic benefits, specifically community support; accessibility; and cost of tuition.

Subject Areas

stakeholders; community college; value; perspectives and recommendations

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