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ERIC Number: ED545426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 103
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2675-5008-8
Creating Pathways for Low-Skill Adults: Lessons for Community and Technical Colleges from a Statewide Longitudinal Study
Perry, Carol A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Marshall University
The purpose of this study was to examine the educational experiences and outcomes of low-skill adults in West Virginia's community and technical colleges, providing a more detailed profile of these students. Data for the variables were obtained from archival databases through a cooperative agreement between state agencies. Descriptive statistics were utilized to examine momentum point attainment, milestone achievement, persistence, and pre- and post-educational mean wages of first-time students age 25+ who enrolled in a West Virginia community and technical college over a five year period beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year. Chi-square tests for independence were used as well as frequencies and conditional probability analysis. Students were grouped by their initial enrollment, developmental or college-ready, and their academic goals, vocational or transfer. The most significant momentum point attainment that indicated successful achievement of any milestone was completion of a college-level math course. This was true for all groups. Completion of a college-level math course was also the best indicator of persistence. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: West Virginia