Term of Award

Fall 2005

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Michael D. Richardson

Committee Member 1

Lucindia Chance

Committee Member 2

William B. Levernier

Committee Member 3

James M. Smith

Abstract

In 2000 the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 1187 giving the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) schools the right to change their names from technical institutes to technical colleges. This event could have led to a change in the type and method of delivery of course offerings at the technical colleges in Georgia. This study was designed to examine the technical college administrators' perceptions of the future vocational or academic roles of Georgia's technical colleges. A 21-question survey was designed to assess the administrators' perceptions of the future vocational and academic role of the 35 technical colleges in Georgia. The survey was mailed to the 70 presidents and vice presidents of instruction at each of the 35 technical colleges in Georgia. Forty-seven responses were received, representing a 67% response rate. Two items were found to be statistically significant. However, the overall results indicated that there was essentially no difference in responses between presidents and vice presidents of instruction, and between rural and urban respondents. The responses indicated an inclination for the addition of academics into the workforce training, which is currently the mission of the DTAE. Many respondents felt that a community college system would be better suited for the needs of today's students.

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