Date of Award

8-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Educational Leadership

Committee Member

Dr. James W. Satterfield, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Tony Cawthon

Committee Member

Dr. Cheryl Warner

Committee Member

Dr. Leslie Gonzales

Abstract

In recent years, TRIO Programs have been targeted for budget cuts. The development of more data-based arguments is needed to defend these programs. Arguments against the continuation of TRIO programs stem from concerns about the program’s relevancy and success. Specifically, Student Support Services (SSS) operates at higher education institutions to support the college or university’s efforts with retention and graduation. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the services provided by TRIO SSS lead to successful outcomes for the participants served. A content analysis was conducted on artifacts from three distinct Student Support Services projects located in the state of South Carolina. The major findings of this study conclude that TRIO Student Support Services is successful based the projects meeting or exceeding projects performance indicators; small projects housed at rural community colleges are likely to be more successful than those housed at larger institutions; and due to the complexity of the mission and goals of community colleges, projects housed there provide needed services to assist with those goals.

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