An analysis of trustee role perceptions in the state controlled Washington community college system and the locally controlled Oregon community college system and the relationship between trustee personal characteristics and these role perceptions Public Deposited

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  • This study examined the role perceptions of trustees in the locally controlled Oregon community college system and the state controlled Washington community college system. Authorities in the literature were consulted to define the "ideal trustee role" and the study determined which governance system was most effective in fostering this "ideal trustee role" as measured by trustee role perceptions. The relationship between the personal characteristics of trustees and trustee role perceptions were also studied. This part of the study showed which trustees in each system perceived their role as being closest to the "ideal trustee role." A questionnaire was developed and disseminated to all 105 Oregon and all 115 Washington community college trustees. This questionnaire was a series of thirty-six trustee responsibility statements that related to the "ideal trustee role." Trustees were asked to respond to these statements on a Likert scale. Personal demographics were also gathered on all respondents. The components of the "ideal trustee role" were defined as: (1) Assure that the college fulfills the purpose for which it was established and evaluate college outcomes. (2) Select, evaluate, counsel with, and, if necessary, terminate the chief executive officer. (3) Interpret community interests to the college and college interests to the community. (4) Oversee the acquisition, expenditure and investment of funds and management of college facilities. Washington trustees perceived themselves closer to components 1, 2 and 3 of the "ideal trustee role" than Oregon trustees and Oregon trustees perceived themselves closer to role component 4. However, the similarities in the role perception responses of the two populations were more noticeable than the differences. In general, trustees who fell into the following demographic categories perceived themselves closer to the "ideal trustee role" than trustees who fell into other demographic categories. These groups included trustees who were female, trustees that held, at least, a bachelor's degree, trustees with annual incomes above $50,000, trustees who were members of a community service organization, trustees with more than four years service on the board, trustees that held managerial/professional jobs, and trustees who were Democratic or Independent politically.
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