Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation in Practice

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Higher Education

First Advisor

Cecilia Orphan

Second Advisor

Michele Tyson

Third Advisor

Elena Sandoval-Lucero


Community College System of Colorado, Economic instability, Post-traditional


The following dissertation in practice researches policies from the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) that relate to Post-Traditional students and students experiencing economic instability. Using a conceptual framework of Motivational Theory (Maslow, 1943; Harrigan & Lamport-Commons, 2015; Herzberg, 1959) and the Principal-Agent theory (Jensen, & Meckling, 1976), this dissertation focuses on how one community college (CC) within the CCCS system interprets and implements those policies both college and campus wide, as well as departmentally. Although many studies exist pertaining to community college students, literature pertaining to Post-Traditional students in a community college setting has not been fully explored. This will be accomplished in this study through the experiences of employees at CC that work directly with this population. This study seeks to make recommendations at the system level regarding policies and at the college wide regarding implementation of those policies to increase graduation rates for Post-Traditional students experiencing economic instability.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Joshua Patrick Bowens


Received from ProQuest

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File Size

220 pgs


Education policy, Community college education, Adult education