Publication Date

Fall 2017

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Barbara Burch (Director), Sharon Hunter, Dr. Andrew McMichael and Dr. Pamela Petty

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


This exploratory study aims to answer questions related to highly recognized parent/family engagement programs and the ways in which they are organized, operated, and resourced; undertake innovative events and services; use and learn from assessment; and face challenges. Directors of 34 specifically selected highly recognized parent/family engagement programs were given the opportunity to complete a questionnaire concerning their programs. Twenty-seven directors completed the questionnaire. Ten were interviewed to gain further insight into the specific workings of and challenges for highly recognized parent/family programs. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative means, the researcher provides an initial exploratory look into how these specifically selected programs are implementing best practices in the field of parent and family engagement, and how those practices are contributing to student success. The findings from this study offer insight for university stakeholders into best practices in the field, as currently implemented by the highly recognized parent/family engagement programs’ participants, as well as specific implications for practice.


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