The association between integrity and administrative decision making: An analysis of private universities in Kentucky

by Sims, Jerry, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2007, 124 pages; 3274683


This study was created to explore private universities in Kentucky administrators' thoughts on whether integrity is associated with decision making in their respective higher education institutions. In this research study, 21 private university administrators were interviewed as independent citizens using qualitative methodology of interviewing. The participants held leadership positions such as vice president, dean, department chair, etc. The research study found that the participants did associate integrity with decision making. It found that most of the administrators defined integrity the same but in varies ways. In addition, the research study discovered that administrators in private universities in Kentucky had a strong interest for integrity as a leadership characteristic in decision making. Integrity was often referred to as being honest and trustworthy. It is obvious that these administrators have true desires to be leaders with integrity. These administrators felt passionate about leadership and their responsibilities as leaders in their respective private universities. The qualitative interviews were full of responses that were engaging and motivating. The breadth and range of the different perspectives was fulfilling. It is displayed that these leaders love their work and is enthusiastic about the future of their leadership responsibilities.

AdviserBill Reed
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Educational administration
Publication Number3274683

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