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Analysis of the Congruency between Educational Choices and Community College Student Degree Aspirations

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2014
Abstract/Description:
This research explored variables that influence community college student degree aspirations and students purpose for enrolling and pursuing specific degree types. The study was conducted using secondary data for students pursuing Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees at a single community college. A logistic regression test was used to test graduate and baccalaureate degree aspirations of the entire sample of students and separately by degree type. Significant predictors of degree aspirations included age, gender, credits enrolled in, participation in student groups, academic course planning, receipt of scholarship, and college GPA. In general, community college students had high degree aspirations. Younger students tended to be on the collegiate transfer track and older students tended to want to pursue baccalaureate degrees locally. In addition to having high degree aspirations, a large proportion of students attended the college for occupational purposes and created intermediate and long-term goals related to their academic aspirations. The findings of the research confirm findings of previous studies on college student degree aspirations, and add to the understanding of variables contribute to students' educational goals. Recommendations for practice and future research are presented.
Title: Analysis of the Congruency between Educational Choices and Community College Student Degree Aspirations.
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Name(s): Quathamer, Mark, Author
Owens, J. Thomas, Committee Chair
Cintron Delgado, Rosa, Committee Member
Cox, Thomas, Committee Member
Marshall, Nancy, Committee Member
LAMB, ROBERT, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This research explored variables that influence community college student degree aspirations and students purpose for enrolling and pursuing specific degree types. The study was conducted using secondary data for students pursuing Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees at a single community college. A logistic regression test was used to test graduate and baccalaureate degree aspirations of the entire sample of students and separately by degree type. Significant predictors of degree aspirations included age, gender, credits enrolled in, participation in student groups, academic course planning, receipt of scholarship, and college GPA. In general, community college students had high degree aspirations. Younger students tended to be on the collegiate transfer track and older students tended to want to pursue baccalaureate degrees locally. In addition to having high degree aspirations, a large proportion of students attended the college for occupational purposes and created intermediate and long-term goals related to their academic aspirations. The findings of the research confirm findings of previous studies on college student degree aspirations, and add to the understanding of variables contribute to students' educational goals. Recommendations for practice and future research are presented.
Identifier: CFE0005539 (IID), ucf:50327 (fedora)
Note(s): 2014-12-01
Ed.D.
Education and Human Performance, Educational and Human Sciences
Doctoral
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Subject(s): Community college baccalaureate -- degree aspirations -- logistic regression
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0005539
Restrictions on Access: campus 2015-12-15
Host Institution: UCF

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