Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors Affecting Postsecondary Enrollment among Vermont High School Graduates: A Logistic Regression Analysis
by Welch, Catherine E., Ed.D., New England College, 2019, 145; 13859163
Abstract (Summary)

The State of Vermont has long had one of the highest high school graduation rates in New England, hovering around 87.8% with a lagging college enrollment rate of 52.3% at any 2- or 4-year postsecondary institution in the country (New England Secondary School Consortium, 2015). This research explored the factors that have the greatest effect on the college enrollment patterns of Vermont high school graduates. Specifically, this study explored the relationship between the following factors and 2- and 4-year college enrollment: (a) academic preparation, (b) access to college information, (c) early career exploration and education planning, (d) gender, (e) grade point average, (f) parent educational attainment, (g) parental expectations, (h) student location, and (i) student perception of affordability.

This descriptive, correlational quantitative study used binomial logistic regression to determine which of the factors listed in the preceding section had the greatest impact on the college enrollment patterns of Vermont high school graduates. The dataset for this research was the Class of 2014 Senior Survey from the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, administered to all students graduating from Vermont high schools in 2014. This research looks to inform work currently being done at the state level to raise the number of adults living in Vermont with a postsecondary credential to 70% by the year 2025

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Henning, Gavin
Commitee: Lopez, Estela, Reed, Brian
School: New England College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- New Hampshire
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Education Policy, Higher education
Keywords: Access, College enrollment, Factors affecting college enrollment, High school, Logistic regression, Vermont
Publication Number: 13859163
ISBN: 978-1-392-07307-0
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