EdD (Doctor of Education)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
William Flora, Virginia Foley, James Lampley
The purpose of this quantitative, non-experimental study was to explore the relationship between the implementation of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program and the two-year Tennessee community college retention rates and graduation rates of first-time, full-time Tennessee students from rural Appalachian counties. Results from this study may help higher education stake-holders better understand the features of Tennessee Promise that are influencing an increase in community college retention and graduation rates for Tennessee students from rural Appalachian counties. The theoretical framework that guided this research was the social capital framework. Data including use of Tennessee Promise, county of origin, retention, and graduation was collected via secure email from seven Tennessee community colleges. The null hypotheses of twelve research questions were tested through SPSS via two-way contingency table analyses using crosstabs. The results revealed that retention and graduation rates of first-time, full-time Tennessee students from rural Appalachian counties attending the participating Tennessee community colleges were significantly higher with the use of Tennessee Promise.
Dissertation - unrestricted
Dycus, Tammy, "Tennessee Promise and Two-Year Community College Retention and Graduation in Rural Appalachia" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 4252. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/4252
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