Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education

First Advisor

George McClellan

Second Advisor

Whitney Webb

Third Advisor

David Rock


University of Mississippi

Relational Format



The three manuscript dissertation examines the factors associated with student withdrawal at a Mississippi Community College. Student withdrawal is a consistent concern for administration at this institution. The research focuses on reasons for withdrawal, student demographics, and subject withdrawal. Understanding the factors associated with student withdrawal at this institution could encourage retention and persistence. Manuscript One will provide an overview of the problem of practice, review of literature, and guidance from successful retention programs. Manuscript Two will provide a summary of data collection and presentation of findings from each of the four research questions. Manuscript Three will provide a summary of findings and meaning making from the data. Recommendations will be made in Manuscript Three.



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