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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

Steven McCullar

Second Advisor

Michael Mills

Third Advisor

Judith Siminoe

Fourth Advisor

Kathi Tunheim

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

Learning Organization, Organizational Learning


The landscape of higher education is shifting yet many institutions fail to adequately adapt to the changes. This divide has put many institutions of higher education in a precarious situation and, for some, at risk of closing operations all together. With all the research indicating the benefits of a post-secondary degree, it is vital that institutions become more nimble to adapt to the changing environment. Using the framework of a Learning Organization and the Dimensions of a Learning Organization Questionnaire, this case study evaluates how one institution aligns with learning organization characteristics that can help the institution better adapt to their environment. Understanding the campus climate and its relationship with learning gives insight on how to proactively address the institution’s next steps.


Gratefulness is the only feeling that remains.

I am grateful for the life-long love and support provided to me from my family, for a partner and husband that has walked this crazy journey alongside me, a friend and advisor that has forever shaped my educational and professional path, and a God who continues to put me in positions to carry out His work.

Thank you to Michael Mills, Judith Siminoe, Kathi Tunheim, and the College on the Hill for making this project a reality.



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