Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Dr. Terri Christenson
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
Dr. Darryl Dietrich
Dr. Patricia Angulo
The study examines nontraditional student phenomenon in the struggle toward degree completion. The research questions addressed in this project were, how do nontraditional students who transfer from a community college into an undergraduate degree social work program describe the challenges they experienced during their journey to baccalaureate degree completion? A secondary question explores, how do these students describe their ability to persist through their challenges toward degree completion? Through qualitative in-depth interviews with students and faculty focus groups, the author provides valuable insights into common explicit struggles and powerful implicit meaning making that supports student success.
Document Studies (secondary analyses of public documents, national data sets), Focus Group, Interview
Runnberg-Valadez, Marcia L., "Understanding Nontraditional Transfer Student Challenges And Persistence To Degree Completion" (2017). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4318.