Date Approved

8-26-2009

Embargo Period

3-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Subject(s)

College attendance--New Jersey; College student development programs--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory investigation was to determine the lasting impact of the C.H.A.M.P./GEAR-Up program alumni before the fall of 2004. The study involved 78 subjects, divided into two groups. Group one consisted of 70 subjects who participated in a survey. Group two consisted of eight subjects who participated in an interview.

The data collection instruments included a 30-item survey using the Likert scale format. The questions were arranged in a five factor grouping consisting of postsecondary exposure, identity development, social development, academic enrichment, motivational aspect, and program impact. The interview consisted of 12 questions ranging from general demographics, to past and lasting experiences of the program.

A majority of the subjects believed the C.H.A.M.P./GEAR-Up program had a positive lasting impact on their lives. Results showed a positive percentage in each of the five grouping factors.

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