Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Department

Educational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Robert Haussmann

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Durrell Dickens

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Tracy Spencer

Abstract

School shootings have become prominent throughout the Unites States. This is an issue not only in primary schools but also in postsecondary educational institutions. The states of Utah and Colorado passed laws allowing students to carry guns on publicly funded college and university campuses. In 2015, the Texas legislature also proposed a similar campus carry law, which was not passed in 2015. In 2016, when the Texas 84th Legislature made a second attempt, the law was passed. With the passage of this law by the Texas state legislature, a 21-year-old was now allowed to carry a concealed handgun on campus. It was imperative that administrators, leaders, and staff create policies to address the issue of campus carry. No longer could publicly funded colleges and universities in Texas be allowed to live in the inertia of this issue. Committees were formed and stakeholders were selected. But in this venture, it is not known whether firearms instructors or other sources of expert knowledge were included in the policy creation process. Through this research, I explored the idea of publicly funded colleges and universities collaborating with Texas firearms instructors in creating a campus policy for concealed carry. I utilized a qualitative interview design to examine the beliefs and perceptions of individuals involved in creating university policies. This information was obtained through qualitative interviews of publicly funded college and university administrators, faculty, and firearms instructors.

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