Fall 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Gina Peyton

ESRP 9001 Professor

Gina Peyton

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to provide a solution to the problem of students not being prepared to succeed in the community college environment. Skill development at the college was identified as an area of potential growth within my organization, Dallas College. For students to develop skills, they need to be prepared. Proper preparation provides a foundation for scholars to succeed, grow, and move forward. Through this project, I was able to discover the best tools that organizations can use to provide a stellar level of service for students to succeed. Research such as strategic research projects are important in planning and improving in education.

The selected strategy of preparing and implementing a safe space for students was discovered after working through an evaluation of internal and external factors. After determining this strategy, an action plan was developed to provide a structured approach to implementation. The action plan includes the following steps: Establishing Onboarding Elements, Building Relationships, Survey Distribution, Student Services and Counseling presentations, and Social Belonging Instruction.

In conclusion, the strategic research project overall found that providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment could guide students to feel a sense of belonging, enabling them to be prepared to develop skills and succeed. Recommendations were made to explore other issues faced by students in being prepared to succeed in college. Another recommendation was made to explore classroom procedure as an area of where changes can be made to address the issue of student preparedness.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education