Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Davis, James

Committee Member

Wiseman, William M.

Committee Member

Forde, Connie

Committee Member

Stonecypher, Wayne

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Community College Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Instructional Systems, Leadership and Workforce Development


This study examined the perceptions of the Mississippi legislature that served in the 2006 government session concerning community/junior college mission and goals. There were six research questions in the study pertaining to current and future goal statements. A discrepancy-type survey instrument was developed based on the Community College Goals Inventory developed by the Educational Testing Service and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC). Respondents were asked to rate 40 goal statements in terms of how important the goal statement ?is,? which was current, and how important it ?should be,? which was future. The following goal areas were studied: a) general education, (b) vocational/technical preparation, (c) development/remedial preparation, (d) lifelong learning, (e) community service, (f)social criticism, (g) accessibility, (h) humanism/ altruism, (i) intellectual orientation, (j) cultural/aesthetic awareness, (k) accountability, and (l) personal development. Mississippi legislators were found to be in disagreement concerning current and future goals. It was evident throughout the study that legislators? views on future goal statements for community colleges were not consistent with current goal statements. Goals associated with lifelong learning, accessibility, accountability, and general education were ranked high by all participants for current and future goal statements, although social criticism, humanism/altruism, and cultural/aesthetic awareness were less important to legislators.