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Davis, Denise. College success for all students: An investigation of early warning
indicators of college readiness. Doctor of Education (Higher Education), December
2010, 69 pp., 9 tables, 1 figure, references, 116 titles.
The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine early warning indicators
of college readiness among early college high school students at selected Texas
institutions of higher education. Participants in this study included 134 of the class of
2010 from two early college high schools. The graduates were 86% Hispanic, 8%
African American, 3% White, 2% Asian, 1% American Indian and 72% economically
disadvantaged. A causal-comparative research design using multiple regression
analysis of the data collected revealed that each one unit increase in world history was
associated with a .470 (p < .05) increase in college GPA, while each one unit increase
in Algebra I was associated with a .202 (p < .05) increase. Therefore, student grades in
high school Algebra I and world history were the strongest statistically significant
indicators that a student will maintain a 2.5 college GPA during the first year of college.
According to the early warning indicators, students who maintain a grade of A or B in
Algebra I are 10 times more likely to be college ready while having a 78% chance of
maintaining a 2.5 or better in college courses. Further, the findings from this study found
no significant relationship between TAKS assessment, socioeconomic status, gender or
ethnicity and a student's ability to maintain a 2.5 or higher college GPA. Based on the
findings from this study, the author recommends an examination of the high school
curriculum with the goal of ensuring that students gain competency in courses that
indicate college readiness.
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Davis, Denise. College Success for all Students: An Investigation of Early Warning Indicators of College Readiness, dissertation, December 2010; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc33141/m1/2/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .