Why is there a lack of African American Female Community College Presidents?

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The qualitative study will seek to understand why African American Women are underrepresented in

the role President within US Community Colleges.
Problem Statement
Provide a one- to two-paragraph statement that is the result of a review of research findings and

current practice and that contains the following information:
1. A logical argument for the need to address an identified gap in the research literature that has

current relevance to the discipline and area of practice. Keep in mind that a gap in the research

is not, in and of itself, a reason to conduct research. Make sure to clarify the problem that led

you to the gap.
2. Preliminary evidence that provides justification that this problem is meaningful to the

discipline or professional field. Provide three to five key citations that support the relevance

and currency of the problem. These references need not all be from peer-reviewed journals but

should be from reputable sources, such as national agency databases or scholarly books, and should

ideally be from the past 5 years.
Purpose
Present a concise, one-paragraph statement on the overall purpose or intention of the study, which

serves as the connection between the problem being addressed and the focus of the study.
• In qualitative studies, describe the need for increased understanding about the issue to be

studied, based on the identified gap or problem.
Significance
Provide one or two paragraphs, informed by the topic in the problem statement, that describe the

following:
1. How this study will contribute to filling the gap identified in the problem statement: What

original contribution will this study make?
2. How this research will support professional practice or allow practical application: Answer the

So what? question.
3. How the claim aligns with the problem statement to reflect the potential relevance of this study

to society: How might the potential findings lead to positive social change?
Background
Provide a representative list of scholarship and findings that support and clarify the main

assertions in the problem statement, highlighting their relationship to the topic, for example,

“this variable was studied with a similar sample by Smith (2013) and Johnson (2014)” or “Jones’s

(2012) examination of industry leaders showed similar trends in the same key segments.” Some of

these resources may have already been mentioned in the first sections of the prospectus and can be

included here, also.
Framework
In one paragraph, describe the theoretical/conceptual framework in the scholarly literature that

will ground the study. Base this description on the problem, purpose, and background of your study.

This theoretical or conceptual framework informs, and is informed by, the research question(s) and

helps to identify research design decisions, such as the method of inquiry and data collection and

analysis.
Research Question(s)
List the question or a series of related questions that are informed by the study purpose, which

will lead to the development of what needs to be done in this study and how it will be

accomplished. A research question informs the research design by providing a foundation for
• generation of hypotheses in quantitative studies,
• questions necessary to build the design structure for qualitative studies, and a
• process by which different methods will work together in mixed-methods studies.
Nature of the Study
Using one of the following terms as a subheading; provide a concise paragraph that discusses the

approach that will be used to address the research question(s) and how this approach aligns with

the problem statement. The subheadings and examples of study design are as follows:
• Qualitative—for ethnography, case study, grounded theory, narrative inquiry, phenomenological

research, policy analysis, or other qualitative traditions • Mixed methods, primarily quantitative

—for sequential, concurrent, or transformative studies, with the main focus on quantitative methods
Possible Types and Sources of Data
Provide a list of possible types and sources of data that could be used to address the proposed

research question(s), such as test scores from college students, employee surveys, observations of

a phenomenon, interviews with practitioners, historical documents from state records, deidentified

medical records, or information from a federal database. Sources of information that support and

clarify the problem belong in the Background section.
Possible Analytical Strategies (Optional)
Offer some possible ways to organize and analyze the results obtained by the research strategies

detailed previously. A few examples of possible analytical strategies include multiple regression,

content analysis, and meta-analysis. Keep in mind that data analysis approaches are generally

decided after the research question and data collection approach are settled, so your strategy here

may evolve and change as you develop your proposal.
Other Information (Optional)
Include any other relevant information, such as challenges or barriers that may need to be

addressed when conducting this study.
References
On a new page, list your references formatted in the correct style (sixth edition of the

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, modeled at the end of this guide) for

all citations within the Dissertation Prospectus.

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