Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educ Foundations & Leadership

Program/Concentration

Community College Leadership

Committee Director

Mitchell R. Williams

Committee Member

Dennis Gregory

Committee Member

Meg Delgato

Abstract

Increasing demand for nurses with bachelor degrees, the growing culture of accountability in higher education, and the community college baccalaureate phenomena provided the impetus for this study. This ex-post facto quantitative study examined the graduation rates and time to degree of 240 students who were enrolled in a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at a community college in Florida between Fall of 2002 and Spring of 2004. The general education course enrollment patterns of the students were analyzed to determine if they impacted student graduation rates and time to degree. Graduation rates and time to degree of students who completed all general education requirements before entering the program were compared with the graduation rates and time to degree of students who completed any general education requirements after entering the program.

A Pearson Chi-square test for independence indicated the difference between the graduation rates of the two groups was statistically significant, X2 (1, N = 119) = 6.268, p

DOI

10.25777/9ex2-qe56

ISBN

9781267324900

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