Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Adult, Career and Higher Education

Major Professor

Veselina Lambrev, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kyna Betancourt, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Krista Singleton, Ed.D.


CIPP Model, Corporate, Partnerships, Workforce


A significant amount of money is spent on professionalizing the workforce. At the same time, there is limited research on the effectiveness of academic-to-industry corporate partnerships as an innovative solution for meeting workforce development objectives. This exploratory study evaluates an existing University of South Florida industry partnership to identify characteristics of a sustainable university-to-industry model. The program has operated over the last nine years, providing degree completion programs for industry employees. This program evaluation includes an analysis of stakeholders, advisors, mentors, and participants’ perceptions. The evaluation findings identified key factors of consideration required when establishing and operating a University-Industry partnership. In addition, participants’ perspectives presented key findings and recommendations impacting the program evaluated and influencing the needs of consideration when aiming to establish a sustainable U-I partnership.