Determining The Successes And Challenges Of Entrepreneurial Practices From Community College Leaders In Six States
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Higher Education Administration
Community College Education
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the extent of success and the challenges faced by community college presidents in creating an entrepreneurial culture. Fourteen American community colleges, identified by Roueche and Jones (2005), were surveyed for this study. These fourteen community colleges are located in Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Iowa, North Carolina and South Carolina. Additionally, community colleges located in these six states that were not identified as entrepreneurial were also included as part of the survey and a comparison of the extent of success of their entrepreneurial practices was evaluated. The presidents of the selected colleges were asked to assess to what extent they have been successful in creating an entrepreneurial culture. The presidents were asked to complete an Entrepreneurial Practices Survey reflecting a comprehensive assessment of entrepreneurial practices institution-wide. There was a comparison between the entrepreneurial practices of entrepreneurial community colleges versus non-designated entrepreneurial community colleges within the same 6-state area (independent variables) to discover the extent to which they have been successful in creating an entrepreneurial culture (dependent variable). Inferential and descriptive statistics were used to answer the research questions. The results of the study identified the extent of success and the challenges faced in establishing an entrepreneurial culture. The findings from the study may prove beneficial to all institutions seeking to transform their institutions through entrepreneurial leadership. The findings also indicated specific strategies that resulted in increased nontraditional revenues and serve as a guide for future practice.