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ERIC Number: ED551036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-2311-8
The Influence of Selected Factors on Students and Their Perception of the Importance of College Preparation Programs and Impact on Retention and Graduation
Anderson, Warren Richard
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Widener University
Despite the introduction of pre-college programs to offer support to under-represented students in the 1950's and 60's (Jager-Hyman, 2004), the achievement gap between white students and students who belong to under-represented student populations has not shrunk significantly. Today, there are more students belonging to under-represented populations on college campuses than ever before; yet a large number of them are not prepared for college-level coursework (Hoty & Sorensen, 2005). This dissertation evaluated the impact of college preparation programs on the readiness for, and progression through post-secondary education by college students. This was done through a researcher-designed questionnaire, containing multiple formats, on the beliefs of students who belong to the 2005 and 2006 entering freshman cohort (n = 72) at an identified University. It was geared to gauge their perception of what components of their college preparation program had a significant impact on their college readiness and success. This mixed-methods research study attempted to utilize a variety of statistical methods including measures of central tendency, t-test, eta-squared, planned comparison and a content analysis. In total, 24 respondents in the sample indicated that they participated in a college preparation program prior to matriculation to the university where this study commenced. Of those 24, 19 (79%) indicated that being exposed to a college campus was the most beneficial in preparing them for a post-secondary education. A vast majority of the participants (87.5%) stated that participation in a college preparation program played a part in their decision to attend college, and approximately 92% of program participants felt as if participation made them either "a great deal" or "considerably" more ready for college level coursework. Furthermore, 75% (n = 18) of those students that participated indicated that they did not face any significant challenges once they were matriculated as college students. Upon examining the data collected, it was determined that the Grade Point Average (GPA) for those students who participated in a college preparation program, and those who did not was almost identical (3.14 and 3.16 respectively), and statistically not significant. Further, in the 2005 cohort, the 5-year graduation rate among those who participated in a college preparation program was 40% compared to 12.5% for those students who did not participate. [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; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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