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ERIC Number: ED525949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 133
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-8256-9
The Effect of the HOPE Scholarship Program on Graduation Rates at Georgia State University
Jones, Elizabeth R.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
Over the past decade, the problem of student retention and graduation has resulted in a stagnant national rate of graduation at 50%. The admittance of HOPE scholars began in 1993 and the scholarship program did not significantly impact the graduation rate from colleges within the University System of Georgia or Georgia State University. In order to provide effective policies, it is critical to understand the perspective of students on the factors that affect their motivation to graduate. The study uses Q-methodology, which focuses on the perspective of HOPE scholars to understand the factors affecting their motivation to graduate. The Q-methodology was appropriate for the study because it combines the validity of quantitative studies and the subjectivity of qualitative studies. Participants ranked the 40 statements in the Q-sample to capture similar viewpoints that identified the factors motivating students to complete their studies and graduate. Analysis of the findings showed that HOPE scholars did not affect the graduation rate. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia