Fall 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Dan Loritz

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Katie Keller

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Amy Cochran


The purpose of this study is to investigate to what lengths the parents of open enrolled students are willing to go, to gain entrance into the Spanish Immersion program, upon the closure of open enrollment to 1% (one percent). Qualitative study results demonstrate that parents are not willing to go to any lengths to obtain enrollment. This significantly rejects the hypothesis that they would be willing to do “whatever it takes” as they communicated upon the initial closure of open enrollment to 1%. The greatest findings were that personal and family ethics had the greatest impact upon how far a family was willing to go, to gain enrollment. Furthermore, it was determined that parent’s resources, education level, and ability to navigate the education system greatly impacts whether or not alternative options are even considered, and matters of educational equity are at play even when open enrollment is closed.

Research Methodology

Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)


Foreign Language, open enrollment

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