The purpose of this qualitative phenomenology research is to identify the financial impact of barriers to student retention at a nationally known College’s healthcare program and the resulting impact on the healthcare workforce in the United States. The College is a nationally accredited private college with over 50 years of teaching excellence for careers in healthcare, business, and information technologies. Specifically, this research was focused on student retention for the healthcare education programs and its impact on the academic organization and the healthcare delivery system. Student retention is a key problem in educational programs as well as in this program. Student retention does not only affect the educational departments, but it also affects the school economically. Due to the 2012 changes by the federal government concerning student loans and funding, student retention is a key issue.
This research focused on the student, from the admission process to the completion of the program. The researcher conducted twenty healthcare faculty interviews. Using qualitative, phenomenological research methodology, the analysis of the collected data from interviews, and the outcomes of other studies within the literature review were evaluated. Interviews were transcribed, coded, and evaluated through the use of NVivo software. The research revealed that the barriers to student retention were aligned with Tinto’s theory of student engagement and support. In addition, the research also indicated that there is a perception of a relationship between student attrition and the financial standing of the academic organization. From this research, action plans could be formulated to combat student retention and reduce the impact on healthcare delivery and the academic organization. There are several recommendations for future research on student attrition within health education programs. A quantitative or a mixed methodology approach to this research-based on Tinto’s theories is suggested. Another recommendation is for academic institutions to make student retention a priority within their strategic plan and empower faculty to be administrators of this initiative. Through these actions, the college may be able to develop a better reputation, a stronger economic position with its competitors, and fulfill the student needs.
|Advisor:||Smock, Carissa, Scott, Kimberly|
|Department:||School of Business and Technology Management|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management, Health sciences, Public Health Education|
|Keywords:||Faculty Moral, Healthcare shortage, Student attrition, Student Loan Debt, Student retention, Tinto Theory|
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