Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type

Capstone Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)


Public Policy and Administration

Committee Chairperson

Mark W. Davis, Ph.D., MPA

Committee Member

Kristen B. Crossney, Ph.D.


This research case study examined the perceptions of Title I public school administrators, guidance counselors, and staff on collaboration with local community organizations as a methodology of addressing school needs. In this study, school administrators, guidance counselors, and staff at a Title I public school were interviewed to better understand their experience working within the school, their perception of the needs of the school, as well as their experiences of collaborating with third party organizations in order to address those needs. The data gathered from participant interviews illuminated two themes. The first one was the urgent need for food, household materials, medical resources, and language support in the school. According to the findings, the participants recognized these things as the greatest need in their Title I school educating students from low income families. Meanwhile the second theme was the utilization of multiple community partners in collaborating with the school in order to address the needs of the student body. The participants found that partnerships they were able to meet more needs within the school by leveraging multiple. These results underpin the need for further study of the collaborative process between Title I school leaders and community partners.