Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Chair: Carol A. Burg, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Committee Member: James L. Schott, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Dean's Representative: Dale Moxley, Ed.D.



This program evaluation project addresses issues relating to low-parent attendance at one district’s parent academy. The process I used to gather information from the parents, administrators, board members, and business partners included individual surveys and interviews. The results indicated the biggest problems for mediocre parent engagement centered on transportation and the lack of parent involvement in the planning process. Improving the strategic planning process of the parent academy was the dominant need I identified based on my Change Leadership Plan. Included is a policy amendment regarding parent involvement in matters related to student achievement.


I salute every mentor and professor that assisted me in this endeavor. You have been acknowledged in the Dissertation on my Acknowledgement and Dedication Pages.