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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.
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.
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.
Provide one or two paragraphs, informed by the topic in the problem statement, that describe the
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?
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.
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
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.
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.