Publication Date

Spring 2016

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Doctor of Education



First Advisor

Stephen H. Wagner, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Jane Rhoades Hudak, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

James R. Coldren, Ph.D.


This project aimed to create a working model worthy to include within Schneider, Walker, and Sprague's description of a five-stage process of parceling out high-cost Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) initiatives. In 2002, the Department of Education and Department of Justice sponsored Schneider as the lead author for introducing and promoting CPTED initiatives for the first time in schools. This project's funding mechanism was created to help assist with the procurement of a highly priced CPTED initiative (key-less card system) for Suburban College.

Suburban College had faced a reoccurring pattern of theft from its classrooms and common areas. The main campus site was designed as an open campus with long hallways and recessed doorways. The inability to monitor all the room entry points had been noted as a significant contributor leading to theft. Suburban College decided to investigate the costs associated with investing in a key-less card system. The initial itemized list of materials was estimated at two million dollars. Suburban College did not have the ability on its own to fund such a project at this time due to budget constraints. By applying Schneider et al.'s five-stage process for funding high-cost CPTED initiatives, Suburban College (through the researcher) created another possible avenue for procuring a key-less card system. The focal point of this process consisted of creating a funding mechanism to pay for the procurement of the system through non-matching government and private grants, in-kind gifts, and corporate sponsorship.