Concurrent enrollment at a faith-based liberal arts college student behavior and policy considerations

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Ph.D. in Educational Leadership


School of Education and Health Sciences


Advisor: Theodore J. Kowalski


The purpose of this study was to produce findings and conclusions that could inform future policy decisions on concurrent enrollment at Cedarville University specifically and at other institutions generally. The study population consisted of Cedarville University students who met the following 2 criteria in the fall semester of the 2009-2010 academic year: (a) they were seniors; (b) they had completed transfer credit through concurrent enrollment at another institution after initial enrollment at Cedarville University. The entire study population was invited to participate in the study; 137 of 258 completed the Transfer Credit Questionnaire. Findings of the study were: (1) the percentage (53%) of study participants that transferred 10 or more credits through concurrent enrollment appears to be typical; (2) study participants reported considerable variation in the range of individual transfer credits earned through concurrent enrollment; (3) approximately $1.3 million in lost tuition revenue resulted from the 2,056 semester hours that study participants completed at institutions other than Cedarville University; (4) community/technical colleges were a popular choice for concurrent enrollment; (5) the most common reason for concurrent enrollment was lower tuition costs at other institutions; (6) respondents indicated that a highly restrictive transfer credit policy would have discouraged them from enrolling at Cedarville University. Implications of these findings for policy and further research were discussed.


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