Title

Enhancing Workforce Investment Act Partner Collaboration Between Mississippi's Workforce Investment Network and Community Colleges

Date of Award

2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Wanda Maulding

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

This research project involved discovering the foundational aspects under-girding the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 within Mississippi. One goal of this study was to establish a theoretical framework for future studies of this system by obtaining baseline data regarding the interaction between community colleges, WIN Job Centers, and the state's four workforce district offices and their respective local workforce boards. A second goal of this study was to determine the effect of the alignment of institutional/organizational culture type with leadership style and its associated impact upon the level of collaboration between the above mentioned areas to be sampled. A final goal of this study was to determine the impact of various aspects of institutional/organizational culture upon boundary-crossing personnel by examining the level of role ambiguity and conflict present in their job. This study was the first attempt to gain insight into the workings of WIA in Mississippi and the level of success with which the state has approached a truly "seamless" system as these two disparate cultures have merged. The perceived strengths and weaknesses found within the state were also examined with the hope of making policymakers aware of the factors most germane to a successful collaborative effort, and thus, offering suggestions for improving the existing system to the benefit of the citizens of this state.