Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Patti LeBlanc

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Leroy VanWhy


The purpose of this study was to examine the mathematical relationships between the individual entrepreneurial orientation (IEO) of academic leaders in the Florida College System and their institutions’ student success rates. Some leaders in academia have suggested that academic leaders of postsecondary institutions adopt entrepreneurial behaviors and traits in an effort to adapt to rapidly changing environments. In this descriptive study, academic leaders in the Florida College system were surveyed to determine their IEO. The researcher obtained student success rates for each institution in the Florida College System. Data were analyzed using Pearson r correlations between IEO scores of academic leaders who responded to the survey (president, vice-president, academic dean, or other) and institutional student success rates to determine whether significant correlations existed between IEO and student success rates. Linear regression was also conducted to determine whether IEO was a predictor of student success. The results indicated that the average IEO scores of the Florida College System leaders was high; however, no significant relationships between IEO and student success were evident in this sample. In addition, IEO scores were not significant predictors of student success rates.