Term of Award

Fall 2006

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Meta Harris

Committee Member 1

Abebayehu Tekleselassie

Committee Member 2

Linda Arthur

Committee Member 3

Leon Spencer

Abstract

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program is a pre-college information dissemination program that works with potential first-generation, low-income sixth through twelfth graders. The goal of the ETS program is to increase the number of first-generation, lowincome students graduating from high school and enrolling in programs of postsecondary study. The purpose of this current study is to determine if there are specific ETS program services that facilitate high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment, specifically at the four-year college/university level. The primary data source of this study is the Blumen database system for an ETS program hosted by a small two-year college in Georgia. The target group of this study is the 203 ETS participants who were in the twelfth grade during the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 academic years. Data analysis results from chi square and logistic regression tests reveal that regardless of the academic year, admissions and financial aid information emerged as the greatest single predictor of this study of both high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment.

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