An assessment of the impact of strategic partnerships and institutional collaborations among middle level colleges in Kenya
Kariuki, Paul Gichuki
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The proposed research aims at assessing the impact of strategic partnership and institutional collaborations among middle level colleges in Kenya. It will consider the recommendations of stakeholders including students and college managers. Data will be collected from colleges known to have engaged in these collaborations either with local universities or with foreign examining bodies. These colleges will include; Nairobi Institute of Business Studies, Wisemen Trainers and Consultants and Compuera College, all headquartered in Nairobi but with campuses in other parts of the country. A survey will be conducted involving a sample of 135 respondents from all the three colleges. Of these, there will be 40 students from each college, 3 managers, one accountant and a registrar from every college. This will provide a representative group of respondents that will give a true picture of the industry. The research will employ a descriptive survey. A stratified random sampling method will be used to select a representative group of respondents from among the students of the three institutions. For managers, accountants and registrars, a non-probability sampling method will be applied. The student respondents will be provided with questionnaires to fill during class time while the rest will fill theirs at their own convenience, however, they will be requested to do it within schedule. Questionnaires will provide the source of primary data. Secondary data will be sought from college manuals, magazines, registrars' handbooks and college websites. The research findings will benefit the college owners, managers, administrators and students in identifying the impact of collaborations and alliances. College managers will be able to plan for growth while students will have an insight of how they might gain from these alliances.