Dual enrollment in Tennessee and its effect on persistence and scholarship retention of Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship recipients

Shanna L Jackson, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study examined dual enrollment participants from fall 2000 to spring 2006 and the effect of dual enrollment on TELS recipients from fall 2004 and fall 2005. Archival data from public colleges and universities in Tennessee was used to conduct the study. One purpose was to identify characteristics of students who participated in dual enrollment in Tennessee. The other purpose was to determine if TELS recipients who had participated in dual enrollment persisted and retained their lottery scholarship at a higher rate than those who did not participate in dual enrollment. ^ Five research questions guided the study. Descriptive statistics identified characteristics of dual enrollment participants and TELS recipients. Fourteen hypotheses were tested using Chi-Square, and logistic regression was used on two hypotheses. ^ The results concluded that there is racial disparity among dual enrollment participants (92.5% white). Overall dual enrollment participants held an average ACT composite of 23.6 and an average high school GPA of 3.5. The majority participated in dual enrollment through community colleges (87%). However, only 19% of dual enrollment participants attended community colleges who received TELS. ^ It was concluded that students who had previously participated in dual enrollment were more likely to persist in the subsequent fall semester and retain their TELS than their nondual TELS counterparts. However, there were no significant differences in GAMS recipients' persistence and scholarship retention in students who had an ACT of 27 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher. ^ The study found high school GPA and ACT were predictive values for persistence and TELS retention among students who had previously participated in dual enrollment. High school GPA was the stronger of the two variables. ^

Subject Area

Education, Community College|Education, Finance|Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

Shanna L Jackson, "Dual enrollment in Tennessee and its effect on persistence and scholarship retention of Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship recipients" (2007). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3290783.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3290783

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