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ERIC Number: ED560316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 68
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3033-5500-4
Program Evaluation of a Community College Adult Program for Underprepared Learners
Watta, Michelle
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
This study describes a program evaluation of a community college adult program for underprepared learners in the eastern lower peninsula of Michigan. The purpose of the program is to make postsecondary education more accessible to those adults who typically would not consider postsecondary education an option. Guided by Cross's adult learning theory, research questions addressed program participants' subsequent college entrance and persistence toward a degree in comparison to state and national averages and the perceptions of program participants regarding program features and outcomes. Data were gathered through the Student Information Report, the No Worker Left Behind Quarterly Status Report, a student tracking excel document, and participant exit interview sheets. The data were then triangulated and analyzed for thematic content. The concurrent multistrand research design included qualitative and quantitative data. Results of this study indicated the target college program participants enrolled in, persisted through, and completed their postsecondary education at a higher rate than did similar adults in the state of Michigan and the United States. Participant perceptions were categorized into 4 themes, which included influence of program instructors, improved college readiness, self-confidence, and goal achievement. This program evaluation leads to the recommendation that the target college program for underprepared learners be re-implemented and possibly expanded. This program and other similar programs that seek to support underprepared adults have positive implications for social change by increasing postsecondary educational attainment and therefore increasing participant employability, which makes a positive influence in the lives of those individuals and the individuals around them. [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; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan