Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

James Lampley

Committee Members

Don Good, Terence Hicks, Amy Moreland


The purpose of this descriptive, quantitative study is to explore the matriculation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen who were previously enrolled in dual enrollment courses while in high school at one of the 13 public community colleges in Tennessee. Percentages, means, standard deviations, ranges, percentages, and proportions were used to describe the data from the 13 public community colleges in Tennessee. The total number of dual enrollment students from 2016 to 2021 across the 13 community colleges over the five-year period was 80,051. Of the 80,051 students, 16,727 students matriculated to their home institution and 63,324 did not. Findings from the study revealed that the total matriculation of the 13 community colleges over the period totaled a mean percentage of 20.90% or a ratio equating to nearly 1:4. Other variables such as matriculations by gender, race, earned credits, GPA, and ACT scores were studied to better understand matriculation rates by demographic variables.

Findings will allow for community colleges within the Tennessee Board of Regents system to be compared based on matriculation rates and various demographics. Data from each of the 13 Tennessee community colleges data were analyzed independently for a five-year period (2016 – 2021).

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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