Type of Document Dissertation Author Tarver, Emily Trabona Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Keywords
- college credit
- Diploma Program
- International Baccalaureate
Date of Defense 2010-10-12 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis 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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