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Atondra Friday of South Plainfield, N.J., Defends Her Dissertation

Morristown, N.J. (April 12, 2017) – Atondra Friday of South Plainfield, N.J., has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the College of Saint Elizabeth to earn an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation is titled, "Grade Retention: Impact on Student Outcomes".

"One of the greatest accomplishments of my life was earning my doctoral degree from the College of Saint Elizabeth," says Friday. "The level of educational experience, commitment, and support from all of the professors provided an optimal learning environment for success."

The doctoral program at CSE, which is dedicated to preparing leaders who are committed to social justice and ethical practice, began in August 2007. Integrated into all course work and learning activities are the central values and beliefs necessary for school leaders to function as morally purposeful stewards for their school communities. This philosophy of servant leadership represents a major shift from the traditional paradigm of school leaders as managers of resources, which is so prevalent in today's practices.

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