The purpose of this qualitative exploratory case study was to explore how non-financial factors influenced the sustainability of a K-12 private Christian school as perceived by school leaders and community stakeholders in a northeastern state. It was not known how non-financial factors influenced the sustainability of K-12 private Christian schools as perceived by school leaders and community stakeholders. Weitzel and Jonsson’s model of stages of organizational decline was the conceptual framework for the study. The study addressed two questions: How do non-financial factors influence the sustainability of a K-12 private Christian school as perceived by school leaders? and How do non-financial factors influence the sustainability of a K-12 private Christian school as perceived by community stakeholders? Purposeful sampling was used to recruit 13 school leaders and stakeholders for interviews and 12 stakeholders and school leaders for focus group discussions. Data was also gathered through questionnaires completed by 53 school leaders and community stakeholders. Data was triangulated and thematically analyzed. Thematic analysis identified five themes: appreciation of Christian school education, leadership influence, dedicated team, collaborative approach, and conducive learning environment. The study revealed school leaders and community stakeholders shared similar perspectives on non-financial factors that influenced sustainability. Results indicated school leaders and community stakeholders perceived non-financial factors as having an influence on the sustainability of K-12 private Christian schools. The results provide an insight into the factors that help promote sustainability and avoid decline.
|Advisor:||Tennial, Derrick M.|
|Commitee:||Capone, Neal, Ulyshen, Tianyi Zhang|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Sustainability, Theology, Educational administration, Education Policy|
|Keywords:||Community stakeholders, Non-financial factors, Private Christian schools, School leaders, K-12 education, School sustainability|
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