Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Stan Tuttle

Second Advisor

Ray Reiplinger

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


In this dissertation, I inquired into the relationship of shared purpose and academic excellence. Beginning with an understanding and investigation into the axiology of shared purpose and academic performance, the research reviewed and synthesized scholarly literature for contextual facts. Following analyses, a quantitative explanatory method was undertaken to measure correlation of the variables. An examination of the findings supports a relationship between shared purpose and academic excellence. More importantly, it yields further investigation into purpose as a linchpin to performance in public education.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.