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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hohensee, Peggy Leonard
URN etd-04262012-102541
Title A Study of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s Leadership Development Institute and the Impact of Participation
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
MacGregor, Susan K. Committee Chair
Bourke, Brian Committee Member
Mitchell, Roland Committee Member
Taylor, Dianne Committee Member
Birthwright, Eldon Dean's Representative
  • education
  • educational leadership
  • leadership
  • higher education
  • leadership development
  • community college leadership
  • community college leadership development
Date of Defense 2012-03-22
Availability unrestricted
Begun in 2001, the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) was created by the Louisiana

Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) as a means of improving the leadership

abilities of faculty, staff, and administrative personnel throughout the system, a “grow your own”

leadership program (Leadership Development, 2006). LDI has evolved into a nine-month

program of presentations, lectures, mentoring, self-exploration activities, and internships. The

purpose of this mixed methods study was to determine the impact of participation in LDI on the

career and educational goals of former cohort members. Phase One of this research project, the

qualitative portion of the study, was composed of individual interviews with 5% of located

former LDI cohort members. The interviews were completed over the phone so as to allow for

participation by former LDI participants located throughout the state of Louisiana. The

qualitative portion of the research and a thorough review of the literature provided the basis for

the Leadership Development Long-term Impact Survey (LDLIS) that was developed by the

researcher. The second phase of the research, the quantitative phase, was the administration of

the LDLIS to all identified LDI former cohort members. The survey results were tabulated and

indicate that LDI participation does significantly impact the career goals of former cohort

members. Although the results for educational goals were not significant, a positive impact was

noted. The following information could be used to develop new or improve existing leadership

programs for community college or university leaders.

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