Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

W. Hal Knight

Committee Members

Carroll R. Hyder, Glenn Bettis, Terrence A. Tollefson


This study investigated the impact a community college associate of applied science degree from a rural college in east Tennessee has on the area served by the college. Variables explored in this study included residence location, employment status, employment location, salary range, and advanced degree persistence.

The population for this study included all Summer 1999, Fall 1999, Spring 2000, and Summer 2000 Associate of Applied Science graduates from Walters State Community College. Data for this study were collected via a student survey and information gathered from the student information system database at the college. All hypotheses were analyzed using descriptive techniques appropriate to the data analyzed, including Chi Square, Mann-Whitney U, and Kruskal-Wallis H tests.

Based on the analysis of the population sample, Associate of Applied Science graduates do have a positive impact on the Walters State Community College service delivery area. Associate of Applied Science graduates tend to reside in the area, are employed in the area, have reasonable salaries, and many work toward advanced degrees.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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