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Doctor of Education


Center for the Advancement of Education


As a ministry of Shenandoah Baptist Church, Roanoke Valley Christian Schools (RVCS), grew since its founding in 1973 to a size of 535 students (K-12) and 31 teachers. The administrative team consisted of the administrator, elementary principal, secondary principal, and part-time learning disability director. RVCS reached a plateau in its growth pattern as seen in enrollment statistics that showed a difference of no more than 18 students during any one year from the 1983-88 mean enrollment of 535. Records indicated that development was needed in public relations and recruitment materials, facility expansion, and non-tuition funding. During the process of the practicum, enrollment increased to 130 more students than the 1983-88 mean enrollment. The primary strategy employed was the development of an elementary feeder school. Non-tuition funding was expanded in accordance with funding guidelines provided by the sponsoring church and developmental activities were implemented within the distinctive organizational context of a church-run school.

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