Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Leadership & Policy Studies

Committee Chair

Steven Nelson

Committee Member

Karen W West

Committee Member

Alfred Hall

Committee Member

Derrick Robinson


Abstract This study explored the implementation practices of leaders that increased college going rates. To learn of their practices, this study employed semi-structured interviews to gain responses to: How do principals and site coordinators of GEAR UP TN -West communities define successful collaboration with nonprofits and Higher Education Institutions, What perceived principal and site coordinator leadership traits create effective engagement between community stakeholders and high schools, and What engagement practices were most often used in Collaboratives that increased college-going rates by five or more percentage points? The interviews identified Operational Inputs, Stakeholder Engagement and Overcoming Challenges as themes and responses to the research questions. The leadership literature primarily coincided with the leadership traits and practices identified and observed by the interviewees. The points of departures from the literature highlighted the Intermediary’s role as a transformational leader and the topic of sustainability. Based upon the findings of the study and its relation to the literature, this study encourages an increase accountability in grant implementation from the Intermediary, Collaborative teams, and Policy Makers. The prescribed actions for increased accountability are proposed to address education inequities and serve as development support for future practitioners.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.


Embargoed until 4/12/2023