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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Stephen Davis

First Committee Member

Phyllis Hensley

Second Committee Member

Heather Mayne

Third Committee Member

Fred Muskal


A qualitative case study was conducted of Bethany College of the Assemblies of God in Scotts Valley, CA. A twofold purpose motivated this study: The first was to add to the understanding of the transformation processes of Christian higher education institutions, and the second was to develop a set of principles to be applied to the changing Christian institution by administrators and governing boards. From the study, which consisted primarily of document analysis and was supported by interview data, findings were reported and five major emergent themes were identified. These themes were: (a) The vital role of key leaders and the qualities they exhibited; (b) the importance of maintaining an unchanging core central mission; (c) the necessity of ongoing program expansion; (d) the environment or climate impacting change; and (e) the role of other key “players” in the growth and change process. Findings were discussed from the perspective of an administrator in Christian Higher Education.




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