Determinants of presidential longevity in higher education: estimating a structural model from a dataset derived from publicly available data

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Aileen Marea Reid (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Ayesha Boyce

Abstract: Long-term presidents are important to institutions of higher education, yet, studies on presidential tenure in higher education have reported declining tenures for several decades. The studies reporting these declines primarily used surveys of sitting presidents, computed tenure based on years completed to date, and none, to date, have employed structural equation modeling (SEM). This study used a convergent mixed methods design to create a dataset (n=202) on research university presidents from publicly available data and used SEM to test a structural model of presidential longevity. The findings suggest that publicly available data is a viable data source for studies on presidential longevity and that SEM can be applied to higher education research given a large sample and correctly specified models. The study also found that research university presidents’ tenure has remained stable over several decades, demonstrating the importance of using presidents’ full tenure, rather than completed tenure of sitting presidents as a measure of presidential longevity.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Public data, Structural equation modeling, Tenure, Presidential longevity, University presidents
College presidents
Universities and colleges $x Administration
Structural equation modeling

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