Author(s)

Chelsea Ranck

Date Approved

2-24-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

College preparation programs--New Jersey;Academic achievement

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the pre-college program AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and its impact on Millville Senior High School's recent graduates now attending higher education institutions. The study investigated the attitudes of students who had participated in AVID while attending Millville Senior High School in Millville, NJ and are now on course to complete a Bachelor's Degree. This study utilized a mixed method design to collect data. The perception survey contained 30 items from four different factor groupings focused on family and parental support, academic persistence, college preparation, and AVID reflections. The second part of the study involved conducting a focus group interview in order to gather more data on the students' experiences in the AVID program and their reflections on its effects on the college experience. The study found that AVID played a pivotal role in preparing and supporting these students in pursuing their academic goals. It is recommended that more studies similar in scope and design should be conducted on other AVID students and the progress in their academic careers.

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