Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

December 1986


The problem of this study was to determine if there is a significant difference between expressed perceptions of selected community college faculty and administrators concerning the extent to which faculty "actually are" involved in decision making and the extent to which they "ought to be" involved in decision making. This was a descriptive study, which utilized a survey methodology. Faculty and administrator perceptions were studied in six decisional areas: appointment, promotion and tenure decisions, academic decisions, administration, student affairs and advisement, system/state control, and general (overall faculty involvement). The study was conducted in the University of Kentucky Community College System, made up of fourteen 2-year institutions. The statistical analysis of data for hypotheses 1-12 warranted the following conclusions: (1) Faculty want to be involved more in all aspects of decision making; this desire is greatest among instructors and assistant professors. (2) Administrators want faculty to be involved more in decision making, although the desire is not as great among directors, associate directors, and assistant directors as it is with division chairs. (3) The variable of sex has little influence on perceptions of faculty and administrators concerning faculty involvement in decision making. (4) The decisional area where faculty exhibit the least decisional deprivation is Academic Decisions, indicating that they have greatest involvement with activities related to instruction. (5) Faculty and administrators are less satisfied with faculty involvement in System/State Control than in any other decisional area.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted