Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ph.D. in Education


Teacher Education

First Advisor

Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham

Second Advisor

Jerilou Moore

Third Advisor

Joel Amidon

Relational Format



The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine if a relationship existed between the self-efficacy levels of freshman year community college students from critical need areas and their first semester academic achievement during their freshman year. Additionally, this research determined the strength of the relationship between self-efficacy levels and first semester grade point average of students from critical need areas. The study was conducted using three community colleges in the state of Mississippi during the 2013-2014 academic school year. The sample included one hundred and fifty males and one hundred and fifty females with a permanent address and school of graduation from a critical need area in Mississippi. Participants were asked to complete an electronic or paper format of the Self Efficacy Survey by Ralf Schwarzer.


Emphasis: Secondary Education, Specialization: Math



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