Motivations and postsecondary aspirations in a technical college dual enrollment program
Kennedy, Nichole Hollar
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Students enrolled in a dual enrollment program in a technical college in Georgia were surveyed in an attempt to measure their postsecondary motivations and aspirations and to determine the relationship between the two. The study also sought to examine demographic factors that might be related to changes in postsecondary aspirations for dual enrollment participants. Participants answered an initial and final survey as well as responded to journal questions at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the term. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to arrive at the conclusion that while there is some evidence that dual enrollment can impact students’ aspirations; the current study design was unable to definitively show a causal relation between dual enrollment and college aspirations.