Date of Conferral



Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A)


Public Health


Karel Kurst-Swanger


SA is an organization that promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. As a small organization, it continues to look for partnerships that allow the expansion and development of this educational coursework. The organization faces barriers to receiving private and public partnerships. In this professional administrative study, barriers were identified and addressed. Opportunities to improve the availability of collaborations and effective partnerships for this organization were also addressed, expressing the significant benefit that the community receives. The evidence drawn from scholarly resources, quantitative research, and articles highlighted the importance of STEM subjects, and their role in their community. The results of a survey were used to create a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis of the organization. Some of the results gleaned from the analysis of the organization showed that a barrier to effective partnership and collaboration is the lack of financial transparency. This can be rectified by establishing a financial department to create the needed maturity and structure for expansion. Also, this study identified that internal control access, and thought partnering will improve the availability of collaborations for the organization. Social change implications of STEM education and partnerships between the organization and other bodies are also revealed in this study. STEM education provides students with needed analytical and problem-solving skills, gives them an in-depth understanding of the world, and fosters creativity. These benefits will be bolstered by valuable partnerships among organizations in the STEM sector.