Date of Award


Degree Name

EdD Doctor of Education

Dissertation Committee

Daniel M. Miller, PhD, Chair; Robert Donmoyer, PhD, Committee Member; William Piland, PhD, Committee Member


Administration 101, California, community college administrative leadership development program, evaluation study, curriculum, higher education, Leadership studies, professional development, qualitative, quantitative


The general purpose of this study was to examine a model for professional development designed to meet the needs of administrators who work within the community college segment of higher education. Specifically, the research project was structured as a formative evaluation of the California community college administrative development program entitled Administration 101 offered through the state's primary professional association for administrators, the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA). The study employed a mixed research methodology that included qualitative approaches to assess: 1. The usefulness of the concepts presented in Administration 101 based on the perceptions of participants and presenters, 2. The need for other program topics that should be incorporated in future sessions, 3. Program curricular elements that should be expanded, deleted or modified, 4. Ways in which the formats and delivery strategies utilized in Administration 101 could be changed to facilitate participant learning. The results of the study pointed out the need for 1) improved integration and coherence of curriculum elements, 2) the need for expanded use of interactive and application-oriented case studies in the delivery of the program, and 3) a curriculum development direction for the program. The findings of the study also substantiated the significance of the Administration 101 practitioner-based program model in meeting the unique professional development needs of California community college administrators.

Document Type

Dissertation: Open Access