Beyond the Screen

Date of Award


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations


Department of Educational Administration


James Olive


This exploratory sequential study of the sense of community and support experienced by women in the Organizational Leadership Doctor of Education (OLDE) online program at Home University, drew upon Kahu's (2013) holistic conceptual model of student engagement which emphasized a need for research that focuses on the student experience at individual institutions. Data was triangulated through an initial survey, followed by focus groups and one on one interviews regarding the lived experiences of women in the OLDE online program. Four priorities for the program emerged through the findings: collect data regarding sense of community and support networks, develop a formal mentoring program, develop a doctoral program advisory board, and develop a dissertation chair matching process.


Higher Education, Gender, Women in Online Doctoral Programs, Sense of Community, Support for Female Students, Student Engagement

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