This study examines the change process to enhance student persistence and graduation rates in four North Carolina community colleges. Using a qualitative research methodology, Lewin's change model is presented as a framework to investigate the acceptance and implementation of AtD principles in two community colleges. Processes to enhance student success were also examined at two non-AtD community colleges. The findings for this grounded research provide a rich understanding of the long-term impact of organizational change in AtD and non-AtD community colleges and inform future institutional efforts to improve student persistence to graduation or career-focused certifications.
|Advisor:||Nunley, Charlene, Duncan, Mary Ellen|
|School:||University of Maryland University College|
|Department:||Doctor of Management Program|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, Educational sociology, Management, Higher education, Junior Colleges|
|Keywords:||Achieving the Dream, Community colleges, Graduation rates, North Carolina, Organizational change, Persistence, Student persistence, Student success|
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