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ERIC Number: ED551404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 219
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2678-1370-1
Graduates' and Faculty's Perceptions of an Urban Community College-Based Early College High School Program
Harper, Debra J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
One program designed to prepare first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students to transition from high school to college are early college high school programs which allow qualified students to simultaneously obtain high school diplomas and associate's degrees. However, little is known about how students and faculty perceive such programs' strengths, weaknesses, and usefuless. Using self-efficacy and motivation theories as a conceptual framework, this qualitative case study focused on answering this question by exploring the experiences of one group of 15 ECHS graduates and 5 members of their faculty from a school located in Texas. Data sources included an online questionnaire used with 15 graduates of the program and follow-up in-depth interviews with 5 program graduates and 5 teachers. Open, axial, and selective coding were used to triangulate and organize the data into themes and subthemes. The findings revealed (a) success of the graduates involved strong connections with teachers, staff, students, and administrators; (b) resources such as tutoring, counseling, and engaging students are helpful along with guidance for the students while in the program; and (c) teachers' engagement, creativity, trustworthiness, and rigor help cultivate the program. This study facilitates positive social change by providing administrators and educators with knowledge about the key factors in such programs that help students succeed and transition successfully into higher education. [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; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas