An Interpretivism Perspective of Institutional Practices on Allied Health Program Student Retention at Public Community Colleges in Texas
Gaus, Frances Gayle
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Over the past four decades there has been a great amount of research on retention of students in higher education institutions (Tinto, 2006); however, few studies have examined the effect of what institutions provide for student support, regarding retention, specifically allied health program students. Retention of community college students in allied health programs is important to meet the quickly growing community needs for healthcare providers. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the needs of aging citizens have increased the demand for healthcare providers. This study used a qualitative method of inquiry to seek the perceptions of community college allied health administrators and students regarding institutional practices and retention. A multi-case study methodology was used to frame the study. There are three case studies presented, one for each selected public community college in Texas. Participants included one administrator and student from each of the three community colleges. Data came from interviews with respondents, observations of participants, and document analysis. A case report was made for each college, a comparison of the case studies, and lastly, implications and recommendations for practice.
A thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of DOCTOR of EDUCATION in EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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Gaus, Frances Gayle