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Spring 2016

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




James H. Stronge


This evaluation case study explores the impact of the An Achievable Dream social, academic, and moral program on college student’s performance in college. Through this study, the researcher was able to provide insight on college student and college student advocates perceptions of An Achievable Dream’s social, academic, and moral program’s impact on these college students’ college experience. Triangulation of data involved using college student advocate’s interviews, college student’s surveys, and additional artifacts (grade point averages and data regarding length of time college student advocates have been working with the students). Five themes emerged as significant in describing the college student performance at college. First, in the areas of social skills, respect and active, were viewed as characteristics of the students who were seen as performing favorably. Second, in the areas of academic skills, growth and excel were words repeated when describing the students who were performing favorably. Third, respect and strong character were vocabulary used in the interview responses to describe college students who prevailed even during challenging times. Additional qualitative and quantitative research should further explore the effectiveness of the holistic approach to preparing K-12 students for college success. Description: Description: C:\Users\amy.runge\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\LZP3OKEA\Runge Signature Block.jpg



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