Testimonials from the Educational Community


“I see a Doctorate with an Action Research approach for the dissertation as extremely relevant to the work that school administrators are asked to do today. Researching and solving problems in this new educational climate of the 21st Century demands that programs combine pragmatism with idealism in the quest to provide an atmosphere in which all children in this multi-cultural world can excel. The University of St. Francis Ed. D. program would provide the type of candidate that institutions would feel confident in hiring due to the rigor and preparation of the coursework combined with a real world action research dissertation. This is the type of program I would have liked to have had available to me.”

Daniel F. Marenda, Superintendent
LaSalle Elementary School # 122
LaSalle, IL


“I have found those educators who have completed requirements for Type 75 certification through the University of St. Francis to be very prepared to enter and excel in an educational leadership position at the building level. Based upon the quality of school leaders produced through this graduate program I am confident of the exemplary experience for those wishing to increase their leadership skills, knowledge and abilities through a doctoral program at the University of St. Francis. In addition to a significant increase in the local talent pool of highly qualified educational leaders, the addition of a program of this magnitude would provide rich opportunities for partnership with local school districts for research in educational theory and pedagogy.

Dr. Michael T. Early, Superintendent
Richland School District 88A
Crest Hill, IL


“We are very excited to offer this innovative program that helps the College of Education and the University of St. Francis to fulfill our mission of preparing competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community, and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders. This program meets the needs of our current candidates and alumni who have expressed an interest in career advancement and professional growth through a doctoral program in educational leadership with a focus on servant leadership as viewed through a Catholic-Franciscan lens.”

Dr. Stephen F. Midlock
Coordinator – Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership
College of Education
University of St. Francis