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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Thomas Cy Coleman

First Committee Member

Mari Irwin

Second Committee Member

Estelle Lau

Third Committee Member

Willie M. Coleman

Fourth Committee Member

Juana Barbarita


The purpose of this study was four-fold. First, it determined the extent to which Black women were employed full time in the top three levels of community college administration in California. Second, it gathered demographic and attitudinal data about Black women in community college administration in California. Third, it reported the perceptions of Black women currently employed in top-level positions regarding race and sex discrimination as they had personally experiences it and the influences of affirmative action on career advancement. Finally, it reiterated some of the historical trends which influenced the role of Black women in the labor force as presented in Chapter 2.

The research addressed the following questions: (1) Has the representation of Black women administrators in top level positions in California community colleges increased or decreased in the last decade?; (2) What does the demographic profile of Black women administrators portray regarding their educational level, age, family background, and professional experiences?; (3) Hor are current Black women administrators motivated to achieve their present positions”; (4) Do current Black women administrators aspire to higher administrative positions? If so, to what positions”; (5) Do Black women administrators report that they have experiences race and/or sex discrimination in their professional careers, particularly in the community colleges?; and (6) Do Black women administrators report that affirmative action played a significant role in their upward career mobility?



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