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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1932. Department of School Administration and Supervision.


Copyright 1927, the author. Used by permission.


The plan of this study is (1) to analyze the qualifications of those holding the office of county superintendent in Nebraska, and determine, if possible, those qualities which win success and those points of weakness which hinder the development of the program of public education; (2) to study the conditions under which the county superintendent must work in preparing himself for the position and executing the duties of the office after his election.

The purpose of this study is to provide information which shall lead those who contemplate entering the field of administration in a system of county schools, to a proper preparation and a successful culmination of their work, and also to raise in dignity the office of county superintendent to that point where the public shall appreciate the importance of the office and provide possible means for the successful administration of its duties.

Questionnaires were sent to the ninety-three county superintendents of Nebraska.Sixty=one, or about sixty-six per cent, reported. A second questionnaire was sent after election to those counties from which no response came to the first appeal. Then more responded, bringing the total number reporting to seventy-one or about seventy-six per cent.

The Nebraska Educational Directory was used for salaries, number of men holding office as compared to the number of women, and also for facts in comparing county superintendents with city superintendents as to salary, tenure, and the like.

Personal investigation was made in the office of a few county superintendents, and university records were consulted for facts relative to city superintendents for comparison with county superintendents.