Year after year, high school administrators learn that the alumni, whom they knew were firmly prepared for the post-secondary experience, leave college before graduating. In contrast, ironically, other alumni for whom they were concerned, proceed steadfastly through the challenges of college and ultimately complete their post-secondary academic program. Who graduates, who does not, and why seems to be a riddle for the ages. Through a quantitative study highlighting the first four graduating classes of Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland Ohio and drawing from the results of a series of logistic regression models studying alumni socio-demographic and academic achievement data while enrolled in high school, alumni results of the Grit Short Scale Survey and Theories of Intelligence Scale-Adult Form Test, and current post-secondary enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse this study explored correlations between variables to determine if alumni persistence and mindset had a positive effect on post-secondary academic program enrollment and eventual degree attainment. Findings showed that within this study, alumni who held self-reflected high degrees of persistence or growth mindset were not more likely to directly enroll or graduate from a post-secondary academic program than their peers. Findings did prove strong correlations between alumni Composite ACT Assessment scores and High School GPA and their post-secondary academic success. This study does contribute to further discussion of the impact of personal motivation, academic achievement while in high school, financial security of college-age young adults, and parental educational attainment on the eventual post-secondary academic success of an individual graduating from specifically the national network of Cristo Rey High Schools or in general our nation’s inner-city schools.
|Commitee:||Jordan, Will J., Nabors Oláh, Leslie K.|
|School:||University of Pennsylvania|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Secondary education|
|Keywords:||Cristo Rey Network of Schools, Educational Equity, Mindset, Persistence, Post-Secondary Success, Urban Education|
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