Summer 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Dr. Terri Christenson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Dr. Darryl Dietrich

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

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.

Research Methodology

Document Studies (secondary analyses of public documents, national data sets), Focus Group, Interview

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