Exploring the Relationship Between Earned College Readiness Indicators and First-to-Second-Year College Persistence in Under-Resourced Students

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Higher Edu and Learning Technology

Date of Award

Spring 2023


This study will examine the first-to-second-year college persistence of students who graduated from Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) in the class of 2018. The study seeks to understand how the attainment of college readiness indicators correlates with college persistence in two categories of students, resourced and under-resourced. The state of Texas has set college readiness indicators as a part of College, Career & Military Readiness (CCMR) standards. Although there is a focus on increasing the number of students meeting CCMR across the state, whether these indicators are helpful in predicting college persistence remains a topic of discussion. As a district with a large percentage of under-resourced students, the promoted standards should prepare students for success in entry-level college courses without remediation.This study analyzes the relationship between each college readiness indicator and its correlation with first-to-second-year persistence by student category.


Mary Jo Dondlinger

Subject Categories

Education | Higher Education