Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

Dale Andersen

Number of Pages



The purpose of this study was to investigate the status and nature of intra-institutional collaborations between continuing education and academic departments at four-year, degree-granting institutions of higher education, and to identify factors that support or inhibit intra-institutional collaborations. A survey instrument was designed and distributed to 355 representatives of four-year, degree-granting institutions of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). Qualitative and quantitative data were collected. One hundred surveys were returned for a return rate of approximately 30%. Overall, the respondents described a relatively positive collaborative relationship with the academic departments on their respective campuses. The respondents recognized the benefits to collaborations including those to the institution, to the program, and to the field of continuing higher education. A variety of successful collaborations were identified, as well as the factors that contributed to their success. Factors that contributed to the success of intra-institutional collaborations included faculty and staff involvement, organization policies, campus leadership, and the general level of awareness and value for the continuing education function. Recommendations for professionals included working within the field of continuing higher education to develop standards for practice and professional preparation; to work with the campus leaders, administrators, and faculty to communicate the benefits of intra-institutional collaboration; and to encourage participation and support. The report concluded with recommendations for future research to expand the knowledge of intra-institutional collaboration on university campuses.


Academic; Academic Departments; Campus; Collaboration; Collaborations; Continuing; Continuing Education; Departments; Education; Institutional; Intrainstitutional Collaboration

Controlled Subject

Adult education; Education, Higher

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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