Research for Sustaining the Legacy, which studies the governance and financial models of Catholic schools, began in 1995 under the leadership of Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J.. Since then, two follow-up reviews were conducted in 2000 and 2009, and the Roche Center continued this work in 2011-2012. The Roche Center staff researched the remaining urban Catholic schools, as well as the schools that have closed since the beginning of the study. Research identified the governance and financial models that may contribute to the sustainability of the remaining schools and those models that may contribute to the school closure process. Further, the team investigated the unique features of governance and finance for the schools that closed between 2000 and 2011.
Two groups of principals were recruited for this follow up analysis:
- Principals/leaders in schools that have remained open since the 2009 survey
- Principals/pastors and diocesan administrators with knowledge of the schools that have closed since 1995
All 78 schools that participated in the 2009 survey were invited to participate in this recent follow up research. In April 2012, the research team presented the findings at the National Catholic Educational Association conference in Boston, followed by lively and engaging discussion.