Date of Award

Spring 6-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education, Doctoral Program

First Advisor

Barbara S Rieckhoff


This study will analyze the kinds of support that undergraduate community college students from marginalized communities need to successfully complete their Associate Degree. The study will examine how student’s academic progress is influenced by limitations that result from attending failing high schools. The participants for this study will be between 18-24 years of age. This study seeks to identify factors affecting the successful completion of community college degrees by students from marginalized communities. The study will focus on current community college students who have graduated from high schools serving low income communities. The research will include an analysis of data from seven community college students. Interview topics and questions as well as a review of research on community college degree completion will be the basis for recommendations for institutional resources that may be useful for this student group.