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Transcripts were kept in a locked cabinet in the investigator‘s office. Only the

principal and secondary investigators had access to the documents.

The concurrent triangulation mixed methods design was used where quantitative

and qualitative procedures were conducted separately from each other in order to

maintain the independence of the data analysis. Equal emphasis was given to quantitative

and qualitative data and the findings were converged into the final results.

Population and Sample

This study took place at a Midwestern community college. As detailed in the

Midwestern Community College 2002 Self-Study Report, this institution is a full-service

public community college which is partially supported by revenues produced from

641,120 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2007) taxpayers. It serves an enrollment of more than

30,000 credit students. Based on the statistical projections, annual credit headcounts are

expected to increase to 40,000 in 2015 and 45,000 in 2020 (p. 140).

The community college revenue includes state aid (36.3%), local taxes (35.8%),

tuition (25.2%), grants (0.6%) and miscellaneous resources (2.1%). Expense categories

include personnel services (72.5%), operating expenses (17.9%), capital outlays (4.2%),

supplies/materials (2.9%), student aid (1.7%) and travel (0.8%) (p. 86). The personnel

service expenses include the salaries for 202 full-time community college faculty. Nearly

half of the faculty members possess credentials exceeding the minimum educational

requirements, where 88% have at least a bachelor‘s degree, 65% have at least a master‘s

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