Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

George R. Bieger, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Douglas Lare, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Foster

Fourth Advisor

Kathleen Foster, Ed.D


Local universities and their surrounding school districts have much to offer one another. How universities and school districts work together to create programmatic change in career decision-making for the high school adolescent is unclear. Utilizing a case study approach, this study examined the relationship that exists between a university and two high schools. This was studied through the lens of career development with regard to high school students. This qualitative case study utilized personal interviews with high school guidance counselors and university career counselors as well as focus group interviews of high school teachers and university career counselors. Documents pertaining to all career related activities that existed between the two high schools and the university were evaluated to understand the partnership that existed when developing a career decision-making program for high school students. The results from analysis of interviews, focus group transcripts as well as a review of all pertinent documents that pertained to program development showed that while the university conducted a national study on career decision-making, the results of this study had little effect on the development of a career decision-making program in the two participating high schools. The results also showed a need to involve all stakeholders in the process of data analysis and program development. Finally, the study implied the importance of stability in high school and university leadership positions.