Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)



First Advisor/Committee Member

John Bond

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Nyaradzo Mvududu

Third Advisor/Committee Member

Julie Antilla


Education; Collaboration; Community; Postsecondary Success


In the fields of business and healthcare, researchers have found that organizations are more successful at serving their clients when they collaboratively share knowledge, resources, and time using a multidisciplinary approach. There is less empirical evidence supporting these interorganizational collaborations (IOCs) in education. In 2013, the Cold Spring School District (CSSD) established an initiative to improve student and community outcomes. To do this, the district created an IOC to guide their work. The purpose of this current study was the exploration of this IOC to better understand how the IOC was developed, supported, and sustained. Through analysis of interviews, surveys, and document review, qualitative coding revealed that in order to create a sustainable IOC in education, organizations must have distributed, humble leadership, a rigorous evaluation and research process, prioritization of initiative components, and the strategic selection of individuals to guide the work and maintain a focus on a set of common, mutually agreed upon goals. Additionally, the researcher found that the relationship between education and community was a critical variable in the success of the IOC.

Keywords: Collaboration, interorganizational collaboration (IOC), promise programs, postsecondary success, community

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