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|Material Type:||Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript|
|Document Type:||Book, Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Shirley Kathleen Rowe; University of Texas at Dallas. Graduate Program in Public Affairs.
|Description:||xiii, 124 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.|
|Responsibility:||by Shirley Kathleen Rowe.|
The purpose of the study is to provide insight into what motivates colleges and universities to review and revise their emergency management plans by examining the impact of factors of institutional isomorphism and the interaction these factors have with characteristics of this type of organization. In the period since 1999, the increase in security concerns on college campuses requires institutions of higher education to react swiftly, whether to natural disasters, terrorist threats, hazardous materials, data breaches, or campus violence. Traditionally, colleges and universities are not nimble and quick to respond. In the twenty-first century, the deliberative nature of higher education can be a serious inhibitor to the necessary actions to protect persons and property. This study focuses on one type of emergency, an active shooter on a college campus. The study group is Texas four-year colleges and universities. The research explores the impact of the characteristics of affiliation (public or private), size of enrollment, location (rural or urban), and complexity (whether the institution teaches at one or more than one location) on the three factors of institutional isomorphism, coercive, mimetic, and normative.
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