Fred Webb

Defense Date


Graduation Date



Immediate Access

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Degree Name



Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Education Leaders (IDPEL)


School of Education

Committee Chair

Mary Frances Grasinger

Committee Member

Gary Shank

Committee Member

Joseph Rishel


Archival Study, Historical Study, Mission, Qualitative Research, Translate Mission to Vision, Vision


The Translation of the Mission and Vision of the School of Education of Duquesne University into Action Through the Major Pursuits and Achievements of the Deans in Response to the Needs of the Profession from 1929 to 2004, is an historical qualitative study based upon a document analysis of the public archive records at Duquesne University. This study traces the mission of the School of Education from its founding, the translation of the mission into visions by the Deans and their resulting actions, pursuits and major accomplishments. The purpose of the study is to document the translation of the mission and visions into actions by the Deans leading to significant accomplishments in response to the needs of the profession during their time of service. The importance of examining the formulation, implementation and evaluation of strategic and operational planning for higher education institutions is becoming essential to the reform activity currently impacting teacher education. This study assists the planning process and may be applicable to the broader field of Christian higher education. The research concentrates upon selecting the major aspects of organizational theories and processes used to add value to the original inputs or resources. This is the value added component of an organization. Value added by the School of Education becomes the interpretive lens or perspective in analyzing the documents. The 21st century challenges for the Deans will be creating and leading the future by way of insights, trends, relationships, professional networks, processes, scanning and intuitive anticipation to transform the established mission into visionary plans that will continue to support the University's visionary plans and objectives.