Title

The Difference Between Perceptions of Lay Members and Professional Educator Members of Boards of Trustees of Mississippi Community/Junior Colleges On Selected Issues

Date of Award

1996

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Arthur R. Southerland

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to determine the difference between perceptions of lay members and professional educator members of boards of trustees of Mississippi Community/Junior Colleges on selected issues concerning admission policies, composition of the boards of trustees, curriculum, finance, and general education issues. The research was also designed to examine the relationship of these perceptions as they related to the demographic variables of age, gender, race, years of experience on the board, educational level, and years of residency in the district. The following conclusions were drawn: (1) the majority of the trustees were White males approximately 57 years of age with most of the Black members coming from the professional educator group. (2) The majority of the lay board members held at least a bachelor's degree while most of the professional educator members held a master's degree or higher. (3) Both lay members and professional educator members had lived in their district 20 or more years with lay members serving on their boards slightly more than 12 years and professional educator members averaging almost eight years of service. (4) There was no significant difference in the perceptions of lay and professional educator members on the variables of admission policies, composition of the board of trustees, curriculum, finance, or general education issues. (5) There was a significant relationship between perceptions on admission policies of lay members and the demographic variables of law degrees and years of service and professional educators and the variables of years of service and gender. (6) There was a significant relationship between the perception of finance of lay members and the demographic variable of law degrees and professional educators and the variable of race. (7) There was a significant relationship between the perception of general education issues and lay members and the demographic variable of race and between the professional educator members and the variables of years in residency between 6 and 10 years.