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Student affairs administrators -- United States; College administrators -- United States; Universities and colleges -- United States -- Administration; United States; Academic theses;


This study examined the perceptions, attitudes, and practices of senior student affairs administrators and academic affairs administrators regarding collaborative work between their respective divisions. Through a survey adapted for this study, senior administrators at liberal arts institutions were asked to report their perceptions and opinions on the relationship between student affairs and academic affairs at their institution. They were also asked their perceptions of the need for collaborative relationships, the benefits of partnerships, occurrences of collaboration, and the perceived barriers to collaboration at their institutions. Seven scale composites were created to allow for a clear comparison of administrative responses on the main themes of each research question. Furthermore, institutional and personal characteristics affecting the likelihood to support and promote collaborative activity were examined. It was found that position (senior academic affairs administrator or senior student affairs administrator) had a significant effect on differences in perception regarding the importance of collaboration, benefits resulting from collaboration, influences to collaborate, and barriers to collaboration. There were no significant differences in questions addressing administrative relationships, level of interaction, and level of cooperation taking place on campuses. Lack of statistical significance indicated similarities in administrative values and opinions in these areas. Such similarities make liberal arts institutions ripe for increased collaborative activity. Several implications and suggestions for further research are presented for professionals in the field of higher education.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education


Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

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Carolyn R. Bair


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