Title page for ETD etd-06152011-110611

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Molidor, Tracy W.
Author's Email Address tmolidor@yahoo.com
URN etd-06152011-110611
Title Institutional Accreditation Liaisons in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Region: Characteristics, Responsibilities, and Force Field Analysis
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Resource Education Workforce Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Machtmes, Krisanna Committee Chair
Fox, Janet Committee Member
Johnson, Earl Committee Member
Verma, Satish Committee Member
Jolly, Jennifer Dean's Representative
  • mixed-methods
  • Accreditation Liaisons
  • Force Field Analysis
Date of Defense 2011-06-14
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to explore the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Collegesí role of Accreditation Liaison to (a) explore the characteristics of the professionals who fill the Accreditation Liaison role and (b) understand factors that support or challenge liaisons. Within the theoretical framework of Kurt Lewinís Field Theory, a sequential mixed-methods research design was employed to collect data in two phases. The quantitative method in the first phase was an on-line survey. The instrument focused on respondentsí educational, professional, and demographic characteristics, as well as their roles, responsibilities, and practices as Accreditation Liaisons. The second, qualitative, phase of the study relied on telephone interviews for data collection. Confidential interviews served to clarify survey responses, as needed, and to collect data regarding the factors that drive/support or block/challenge respondents in their roles as Accreditation Liaisons. Research findings are presented for both phases of the study, followed by meta-inferences, recommendations for future research, and considerations for higher education professionals whose work focuses on accreditation.
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