Title page for ETD etd-11042011-121953


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Smith, Kenneth Samuel
URN etd-11042011-121953
Title Characteristics of Students Who Enroll in Summer Session
Degree PhD
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hirt, Joan B. Committee Chair
Chang, Mido Committee Member
Hyer, Patricia B. Committee Member
Janosik, Steven M. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Access
  • Summer Session
  • Summer
  • Year-Round Attendance
Date of Defense 2011-10-31
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Participation in summer session has benefits for students including improved retention and degree completion and increased contact with faculty (Adelman, 2006; DiGregorio, 1998). Just as some characteristics of students limit their access to participate in higher education in general, participation in summer session may also be affected by certain student characteristics. This study used a nationally representative sample to explore how undergraduate students who enroll in summer session may differ from undergraduate students who do not enroll in summer session in a variety of financial, geographic, academic, programmatic and cultural/social/physical characteristics historically associated with access to higher education.

Significant differences between summer enrolled and not enrolled students were found in a number of instances. Some characteristics that are negatively associated with enrollment, persistence and attainment in higher education were positively associated with summer enrollment. A regression analysis revealed that the combined predictive value of student characteristics accounts for only a small portion of the overall decision to enroll in the summer term.

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