Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
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Keywords and Subject Headings
grassroots; collaboration; nursing education
The purpose of this case study is to tell the story of the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE), a grassroots innovation in nursing education. Specifically, I interviewed fourteen nurse educators who had experience on at least one of the four work teams. Using Yin’s (2014) work as a guideline, I asked the participants why they committed to becoming involved in this collaborative curriculum and how they worked to create and implement the curriculum between community colleges and a university partner. I used Kezar and Lester’s (2011) grassroots leadership model as a theoretical framework to guide my research. From this framework, I drew conclusions about the characteristics and motivation of the participants, as well as the strategies and tactics that were used to create and implement the curriculum simultaneously at all MANE partner schools.
The results of the interviews revealed a passionate group of educators who were committed to increasing the number of baccalaureate prepared nurses in Minnesota. In the planning stage, they developed strategies and agreed to tactics that were used to form the curriculum and the processes to deliver the curriculum. I also discovered the highs and the lows of being a part of the process. Participants were candid about these ups and downs: errors made and support and benefits received. Recommendations for higher education grassroots inovations, as well as multi-campus collaboration are made for those wishing to embark on such endeavors. Areas of future research are suggested.
Johnson, Faith, "The Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education: A case study" (2019). Culminating Projects in Higher Education Administration. 32.