Date Approved

4-11-2017

Embargo Period

4-12-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Walpole, Mary Beth

Second Advisor

Ieva, Kara

Third Advisor

Isekenegbe, Thomas

Subject(s)

Community colleges; Educational counseling

Disciplines

Higher Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

A significant number of incoming students who graduate from high school and attend the community college lack the information and guidance needed to understand what is expected as they make their transition to higher education (Karp & Bork, 2012; McDonough, 1997; Venezia, Bracco, & Nodine, 2010). This exploratory case study examines how an enrollment office at a community college shared information and resources about college readiness with local high school counselors to ensure that incoming students received the knowledge and tools necessary to make a successful transition. By investigating the insights and experiences of both the college enrollment staff and the high school counselors, themes evolved as to the inconsistencies in the exchange of information between public K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions surrounding college readiness. The two themes that emerged from the data, unintentional barriers to student college readiness and the benefits and challenges of maintaining a collaborative relationship, provide insight into the communication patterns and interactions between these stakeholders. Community college and high school personnel must embrace collaborative relationships being careful not to create inadvertent barriers that prohibit students from being prepared for college entry.

Available for download on Thursday, April 12, 2018

Share

COinS