Title page for ETD etd-11142012-132112

Type of Document Dissertation
Author LeSage, Kimberly Powell
Author's Email Address kplesage@gmail.com
URN etd-11142012-132112
Title Descriptions of Student Perceptions of the Impact of Precollege Programs
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mitchell, Roland Committee Chair
Cheek, Earl Committee Member
Jolly, Jennifer Committee Member
Sullivan, Jas Committee Member
Pierce, Sarah Dean's Representative
  • socialization
  • underserved students
  • student perceptions
  • college impact theory
  • postsecondary preparation
  • postsecondary outreach
  • precollege programs
Date of Defense 2012-10-29
Availability unrestricted
Precollege-to-college outreach is abundant, with programs established on college campuses throughout the nation. Precollege programs provide students with knowledge pertinent to academic success and successful transitions between educational systems. The programs are also viable options in the effort to overcome disadvantage and disparity, and may best serve students who are considered underserved, and who encounter a multitude of barriers that inhibit their pursuit of a college education.

A mixed-method, case study methodology was used to explore the perceptions of students who participated in two university precollege engineering programs. The findings of this study suggest that well defined and organized outreach efforts, with clear agendas and objectives, are perceived by participants as beneficial to their academic persistence and successful socialization into postsecondary environments. The findings also suggest that precollege programming may better serve students who are considered underserved, rather than students who have a precedent of exhibiting academically successful behaviors.

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