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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Robert J. Hanny


The purpose of this study was to create a model to predict institutionalization of partnerships between schools and businesses. The study posited that institutionalized partnerships will contain ten program qualities which are missing in partnerships that do not become institutionalized. These ten critical program qualities include: (1) the perception in both partners of a need which engagement in a partnership might fulfill, (2) the identification of specific rewards to both partners, (3) putting the terms of the partnership agreement in writing, (4) support of the chief executive officer, (5) support of the school administration, (6) financial stability of the business partner, (7) substantial community influence of the business partner, (8) location of the business partner within the geographic boundaries of the school division, (9) competence of the personnel charged with implementing the terms of the agreement, and (10) frequent exchange of information.;The researcher identified ten school-and-business partnerships representing a mix of urban, small city or town, suburban, and rural school divisions. Five institutionalized partnerships and five non-institutionalized partnerships were studied to determine whether the ten program qualities influenced institutionalization. Partnership sites were visited, and school officials were interviewed following a planned schedule of questioning to ascertain whether the program qualities were present in the partnerships.;Results suggested that each of the ten program qualities was a cornerstone of institutionalization. Every partnership which failed to become institutionalized also failed to include one or more of the program qualities. All institutionalized partnerships included all ten program qualities.



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