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Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Ronald Hallett

First Committee Member

Lynn Beck

Second Committee Member

Joanna Royce-Davis


Obtainment of a college education has been a prevalent issue in America for decades. Much research has been performed to support the claim that college access is important in high school. A recent report from the US Department of Education indicates that only 59% of students graduate from high school, and only 29% of high school graduates successfully complete college. Failure of students to enroll in college and the tendency of students to enroll but fail to complete college can be attributed to a lack of college readiness resources. This begs the following question: is high school too late to begin thinking about college? The purpose of this study is to explore the affect of attending a college awareness program for middle school students during the summer prior to entering high school and the impact it has on students’ use of social capital in high school and expectations for attending college. A multiple case study was employed to examine how students use social capital in their freshman year of high school as a result of attending a college awareness program. Three themes emerged from this study: 1) students expand existing networks to meet their needs, 2) students’ college awareness precedes taking action, and 3) the family plays a role in college readiness.





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