Date of Graduation

5-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy (PhD)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Education Reform

Advisor

Patrick J. Wolf

Committee Member

Jay P. Greene

Second Committee Member

Robert Maranto

Keywords

Education; Milwaukee Parental Choice Program; Organizational mission; Religious identity; School vouchers; Wisconsin

Abstract

For decades, theories of bureaucracy have emphasized the importance of organizational mission in thriving organizations. This dissertation will examine the role of organizational mission in schools, particularly, a sample of schools that participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the nation's oldest and largest school voucher program. Using teacher and school leader survey data, coupled with measures of student achievement, it will measure mission coherence and correlate it with a variety of outcome variables of interest. It will also take a particularly close look at the role of mission in religious schools.

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