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ERIC Number: ED515360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 97
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-5721-0
Disability and Community College Retention Rates
Culligan, Michael
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Florida State University
The rise in the enrollment of persons with disabilities in post-secondary institutions has introduced a need for the identification of services and/or pre-entry variables that assist in the elevation of retention rates. There is a growing substantiation that connects support service usage with a successful academic experience. However, there is little in literature that is specifically designed for students with disabilities. Furthermore, larger gaps are located when determining the effects of educational background on future successful retention within the same population. This study was conducted to examine the relationship between disability classification, educational background and retention rates. The study identified 250 students who have self-identified as having a disability and must be also be classified as FTICs or first time in college enrollees. Qualified participants were identified through Disability Support Services at Tallahassee Community College. Three separate ANOVAs were used to analyze the data set. The Bonferroni correction was used to reduce the chance of a family wise error or a false positive. Services that demonstrated significance with relation to retention included the use of assistive technology and tutoring. Educational background also showed significance with high school diploma recipients, generally, performing better than their GED counterparts. Age and disability classification maintained no identifiable relationship with retention. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests