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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Park, Toby
Author's Email Address toby.park@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03242012-094629
Title The role of the community college in Texas: the impact of academic intensity, transfer, and working on student success
Degree PhD
Department Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stella Flores Committee Chair
Michael McLendon Committee Member
Stephen DesJardins Committee Member
William Doyle Committee Member
  • community college
  • higher education
  • access
Date of Defense 2012-02-17
Availability unrestricted
Far too many students who begin at a community college are unsuccessful in transferring to a four-year institution and completing a baccalaureate degree. How can we explain this phenomenon and how could policy interventions be implemented to improve student success? To better understand the role of the community college, I examine three specific pathways. First, I investigate the transfer process between two- and four-year institutions with a focus on credit hours earned in the first semester. Second, I examine the degree attainment patterns for those students who successfully transfer to a four-year school in comparison to their peers who initially began in the four-year sector. Third, I explore the time-varying factors associated with overall undergraduate degree attainment, with a focus on wages earned while currently enrolled, for those students beginning at the community college.
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