Capstone/Dissertation Title

Determining the effectiveness of a college-readiness course on high school students' postsecondary education and future career goals

Term

2013

Capstone

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Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, can a course on career exploration influence students to make more informed decisions when it comes to postsecondary education? The motivating factor was to address the need for more students to successfully obtain a postsecondary education degree. This capstone analyzed if the curriculum taught in a required college readiness course for ninth graders had any influence over students' future postsecondary and career goals. The author evaluates if the curriculum used in one particular college readiness course increases students' aspirations to continue their education after high school while informing them of the necessary knowledge needed to apply and be accepted to a postsecondary institution of their choice. The author details students' self-evaluations of the college readiness knowledge they obtained from participating in the course.

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