Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Charles S. Hausman
Deborah L. West
James R. Bliss
This dissertation depicts the lives of ten students who are enrolled in developmental education courses at a rural community college in Appalachian Mountains. They share their home life, life experiences and struggles faced; however, they want to better themselves and that motivation keeps them going. This study is important study due to the fact little qualitative research has been conducted in the past reflecting the lives of the Appalachian student. Also, this dissertation provides a historical background of developmental education and how it plays an essential role in community colleges. The problem is that students are coming to college unprepared for college level courses. Also, there has been an increase in the number of students who must take a developmental education course. The staggering fact is these students are traditional students who recently graduated from high school. This study will shed light on factors that affect student’s college readiness at the community college level in the rural Appalachian Mountains. Moreover, the purpose of this study will articulate the students’ beliefs of what issues affected their academic pathway.
Copyright 2016 Erin Leigh Reasor
Reasor, Erin Leigh, "Factors That Affect Developmental Education In Rural Appalachia" (2016). Online Theses and Dissertations. 415.