Date of Award

2-4-2016

Document Type

Restricted Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Community

Department

Department of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum

Committee Chair

Nancy Puglisi

Committee Member

Christie Sweeney

Committee Member

Deborah Merchant

Abstract

When state funding for higher education is the lowest in the country, the existence of a public, liberal arts college in New Hampshire is dependent on student tuition. Looking beyond recruitment efforts enrollment management must focus on the retention of students. Studies of retention often examine why students leave an institution not why they stay. This hermeneutic phenomenological study analyzes the stories of Keene State College students who have been continuously enrolled at the institution to senior year. How can these stories of persistence inform retention efforts?

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