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dc.contributor.advisorTownsend, Barbara K.eng
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Kristin B., 1967-eng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Springeng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on June 18, 2009)eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ed. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008.eng
dc.description.abstractEducation has proven one path out of poverty for low-income single mothers, yet many are not completing and transferring at high rates. Using theories of economic development as the lens for analysis, I sought to study how single mothers used certain government and institutional policies to facilitate their attendance at a rural community college in a Midwestern state, and how these policies shaped the women's choices about college attendance. More specifically, I wanted to understand how the single mothers' college-going decisions related to access, persistence, completion, and transfer were affected by the federal, state, and local policies they used to manage their economic circumstances. This was a qualitative study using a multiple-case study approach, and there were ten cases studied. For the participants in the study, the Pell Grant was an important avenue of access to the community college; however, it was not sufficient to serve as an avenue of access to the baccalaureate. As well, the lack of access to health coverage, child custody agreements, and an unwillingness to relocate proved to be important barriers to degree completion.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.identifier.merlinb69059937eng
dc.identifier.oclc402520446eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/5557eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/5557
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshLow-income mothers -- Education (Higher)eng
dc.subject.lcshLow-income mothers -- Relocationeng
dc.subject.lcshCollege costseng
dc.titleInstitutional influences affecting the college-going decisions of low-income mothers attending a rural midwestern community collegeeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational leadership and policy analysis (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.nameEd. D.eng


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