Date of Award

Winter 2-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education (PhD)



First Advisor/Committee Member

Nyaradzo H. Mvududu

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Nalline Baliram

Third Advisor/Committee Member

Jung H. Hyun


immediate postsecondary enrollment, human capital, high school, logistic regression


The primary aim of this study was to examine the predictive relationship between human capital academic success indicators and student enrollment or non-enrollment in a postsecondary institution or program. For this study, the researcher analyzed academic records, demographic information, and National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) reports from two comprehensive high schools in one school district to address the research question. A direct logistic regression was used to examine the predictors that influenced the decision of high school graduates from the class of 2017 to enroll in a two-year college, technical college, four-year college, or non-enrollment immediately after graduation from high school. Three predictor variables contributed to the odds of increasing postsecondary enrollment: high school attended, cumulative GPA, and math credit above Algebra Two; and one predictor variable contributed to decreasing the odds of postsecondary enrollment: FAFSA completion. This study yielded postsecondary enrollment information for one local school district that can lead to promising school district policy and practice changes which may enable educators in their assistance and guidance of students toward immediate post-high school plans.

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