Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development

Degree Program

Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, PhD

Committee Chair

Alagaraja, Meera

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Ingle, W. Kyle

Committee Member

Ingle, W. Kyle

Committee Member

Rowland, Terri

Committee Member

Bukoski, Beth

Author's Keywords

community college; collaboration; industry; partnerships; industry advisory board


The purpose of this study was to qualitatively examine the governance structure of a successful community college and industry advisory board that collaborate to improve regional workforce development initiatives. The institutional analysis and development (IAD) framework was used as a lens to describe the partnership. The results determined that there were many informal rules that governed the relationship between the community college and industry partners, which led to successful implementation of decisions. The community college leaders created the informal rules with the purpose of encouraging involvement among industry stakeholders, sharing power among all the participants, and facilitating communication. The findings are consistent with the literature in collaboration. Frequent and open communication, outcomes that benefit all stakeholders, and other positive institutional designs aid in the success of a community college and industry partnership. Keywords: community college, collaboration, industry, partnerships, industry advisory board, governance, institutional analysis and development framework, rules, cooperation, regional workforce development .