Date of Graduation

5-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy (PhD)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Political Science

Advisor

Michael T. Miller

Committee Member

Brinck Kerr

Second Committee Member

Kathy Van Laningham

Third Committee Member

David Deggs

Keywords

Education; Social sciences; Arkansas; College completion rates; Community development; Community expectancy; Cultural capital; Economic development; Social capital; Student success

Abstract

Communities relay expectations of behavior that influence residents' decision making processes. The study's purpose was to define and identify Social, cultural, and human capital variables relevant to understanding community expectations of postsecondary attainment. The study sought an operational model of community expectancy that would allow policymakers and higher education leaders to recognize the community-level factors affecting student outcomes and then to make appropriate policy adjustments to encourage better outcomes.

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