Graduate Program

Educational Administration

Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David E. Bartz


A preliminary study of Cooperative Purchasing, in Southern Illinois school districts, was conducted using the Delphi technique. A group of school personnel with Cooperative Purchasing experience was secured from the prescribed geographical area. These people, the experts, were asked to respond to a three round Delphi survey. The experts were to formulate their opinion from their own experiences and by reviewing the composite results of the previous Delphi round.

The experts reached a consensus of opinion on the Positive Delphi question. Ninety-eight percent of those surveyed stated that "Lower Prices" was the primary concern of a purchasing cooperative. The Negative Delphi question produced different results. No clear consensus of opinion was reached. However, the experts did rank "Need for an Administrator plus other labor" at the top of their Negative Delphi List.