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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.


Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Gabriella Silvestre

Second Advisor

Kurt Helgeson

Third Advisor

Kathryn Johnson

Fourth Advisor

Michael Mills

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Continuing Education, Leadership, change drivers


This is a qualitative multiple case study that analyzes and compares the purpose, roles, and drivers of change for continuing education divisions in public, four-year, post baccalaureate, comprehensive higher education institutions in the United States. The research stems from a historical standpoint. This study also examined processes carried out by continuing education leadership to demonstrate quality and accountability to their higher education institutions. This investigation focuses on the distinctive drivers that have triggered and influenced changes in continuing education units within higher education institutions.

The findings from this study illuminated areas in need of development and enhancement of continuing education units. The findings also supported the creation of standards and policies for continuing education divisions in higher education. This study contributed to overcome the dearth of empirical and theoretical studies on the role and mission of continuing education units.

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