Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Dissertation in Practice

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Higher Education

First Advisor

Cecilia Orphan

Second Advisor

Michele Tyson

Third Advisor

Elena Sandoval-Lucero

Keywords

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

Abstract

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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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Joshua Patrick Bowens

File size

220 pgs

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Education policy, Community college education, Adult education

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