Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education

First Advisor

Phillis George

Second Advisor

Macey Edmondson

Third Advisor

Alexandria Kerwin


University of Mississippi

Relational Format



Manuscript I of this dissertation in practice (DiP) explores the impact of the disruptions of the COVID-19 school year on the academic success of first-time, freshmen enrolled at a community college in Mississippi. The conceptual framework identifies the characteristics of community college students as well as indicators of student success at community colleges. The review of literature highlights the historical role of community colleges in higher education and the impact of COVID-19 on students, particularly first-time freshmen, attending community colleges. Manuscript II of this DiP serves as a formative evaluation to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student success for first-time, freshmen enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The impact evaluation plan will provide the evaluation team and the college’s stakeholders with the ability to reflect on future decision making, accountability, dissemination, and increased understanding of the broader impact of COVID-19 on the student success of first-time, freshmen at community colleges across the state of Mississippi. The final manuscript for this DiP draws on leadership theories and literature and discusses my approach to leadership as it relates to the PoP and the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate’s (CPED) principles.

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