Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committee Chair

Stephen Laws

Abstract

Being college and/or career ready is the standard set for high school graduates today in the United States. High schools have the task of making certain that students possess the skills necessary to be prepared for college and/or the workforce. Specific measures are outlined to assess college and career readiness. Dual enrollment programs allow students to be enrolled in college and high school at the same time. Students are given the opportunity to experience college courses while still in the supportive environment of their high school and families. This study depicts the transition to 4-year institutions of nine students from a rural school district who graduated with an associate degree as well as their high school diploma through a dual enrollment program. Based on Tinto’s (2017) Model of Student Motivation and Persistence, the goal of the study is to understand the impact of degree granting dual enrollment programs following graduation on students completing their first year in a 4-year college. Studies often show the benefits of dual enrollment programs and college entrance; however, little data were found to show how those dually enrolled students faired after completing 1 year of college. Being prepared for college includes factors other than academics, and this study strived to identify not only the academic, but also the psychological, emotional, and social impacts for students as they seek completion of their 4-year degree.

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