COMING SOON! PQDT Open is getting a new home!

ProQuest Open Access Dissertations & Theses will remain freely available as part of a new and enhanced search experience at

Questions? Please refer to this FAQ.

Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Academically At-risk College Students at a Small, Private, Faith-based University: A Qualitative Study of Factors Promoting Persistence to the Fourth Year
by Steward, Dana Lynn, Ed.D., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2018, 200; 13877172
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the factors that promoted and the factors that impeded persistence to the fourth year for students who were considered academically at-risk when they entered college. Eighteen participants took part in this basic qualitative study, which utilized three forms of data collection: (a) interview, (b) open-ended survey, and (c) reflective writing. The researcher piloted the data collection tools, along with analyzing data as it was gathered, to ensure the research questions were being answered. Upon the completion of data collection, the researcher utilized inductive, constant comparative analysis, which resulted in the identification of emerging themes. The study’s findings indicated persistence is fostered by care and support from within and outside the institution and through participants making connections to the campus and adjusting in ways that demonstrates a refusal to quit. The primary barriers participants had to overcome were academic struggles, institutional impediments outside of academics, and personal obstacles. The findings highlight the need for policies and practices that foster a supportive and caring campus culture, including capitalizing on the importance of family support for this population of students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: MacGregor, Cynthia
Commitee: Cornelius-White, Jeffrey, Daumann, Denise, MacGregor, Cynthia, Wood, Mike
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher education
Keywords: Academically at-risk, College students, Fourth year, Persistence, Qualitative
Publication Number: 13877172
ISBN: 978-1-392-05591-5
Copyright © 2021 ProQuest LLC. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Cookie Policy