Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education

First Advisor

Neal H. Hutchens

Second Advisor

David Cox


University of Mississippi

Relational Format



ABSTRACT Developmental education is an important component of student success especially in postsecondary education because of the number of underprepared students. This document examines the academic performance of students who participated in the Emerging Scholars Program a developmental education program of first-time freshmen who began their college career at Mississippi Valley State University during the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic years by analyzing demographic characteristics including gender and race and academic characteristics such as High School Grade Point Average (HSGPA) ACT Composite Scores and college term grade point averages (GPAs). Through a quantitative study a comparison of term GPAs of the Emerging Scholars Program participants to students who did not participate in the Emerging Scholars Program during their first year indicated a need for additional research possibly including other variables such as curriculum patterns to understand the differences between the two (2) groups. Keywords: developmental education remedial education academic performance retention



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