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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Tarver, Emily Trabona
Author's Email Address etarve1@lsu.edu
URN etd-11112010-185919
Title University Admissions Officers' Perceptions of Student Performance within the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Culross, Rita Committee Chair
Egea-Kuehne, Denise Committee Member
Jolly, Jennifer Committee Member
Meshal, Reem Committee Member
Trousdale, Ann Committee Member
  • college credit
  • Diploma Program
  • International Baccalaureate
Date of Defense 2010-10-12
Availability unrestricted
This qualitative study sought to provide a general perception of admissions offices of secondary institutions have toward the Diploma Program through a grounded theory approach. The first goal of the study investigated the nature of credit awards for a studentís high school academic performance. Specific attention was paid to the processes institutions use for determining credit awards, policies associated with credit awards, and perceptions related credit awards. The second goal investigated admissions policies, processes, and perceptions associated with credit awards and the DP specifically. Finally, the third goal sought to illustrate the development and/or changes in the perceptions and actions admissions offices have in relation to the DP.

Twenty institutions were randomly selected from US News & World Reportís Top 50 American Colleges. Institutions first completed a guiding question instrument that was followed by a telephone/email interview further investigating emerging understandings. Data gathered from these avenues were continually cross-compared and then triangulated with information found on each institutionís admissions websites, general catalogues, and other publicity type publications. Theoretical explanations for the phenomena of university perceptions and actions were generated through coded data, established categories, and memoing of relationships.

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