Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Karen Watt

Second Advisor

Dr. Marie Simonsson

Third Advisor

Dr. Federico Guerra


In response to the rising violence on university campuses many institutions of higher education (IHE) have formed Threat Assessment Teams (TAT) on their campuses (Randazzo, & Cameron, 2012). The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of the impact that Threat Assessment Teams have had on the campus safety at two large state universities in Texas.

To examine this perception, Threat Assessment Team members as well as selected stakeholders were interviewed, as a method of collecting data. The research design for this study was a Qualitative Collective Case Study (Creswell, 2015). This research investigated the perceptions university stakeholders have about their Threat Assessment Teams and their impact on the safety of the campus. Sampling was purposive and criterion sampling (Creswell, 2015).

The findings have supported the research by reinforcing the need for these Teams to enhance the safety and security of the college community. The themes clarified the perception that these Teams have a positive impact on campus safety, including the support and resources provided to students in need. The study highlighted the importance of the role these teams play on campus. Showing several implications which could improve the TAT and their function for impacting the safety of the college. One of the key recommendations was an assertion that formalizing Threat Assessment Teams on a college campus was essential.


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