Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Psychology & Research
Eli A. Jones
Karen W. Kitchens
Vicki S. Murrell
Large urban school districts, especially those with high concentrations of minority and economically disadvantaged students, have high rates of nonstructural student mobility (nonpromotional school-switching). The students in these school districts tend to be the very ones who stand to benefit the most from college attainment. However, the extent to which nonstructural student mobility impacts students’ likelihood of going to college is not fully known. This quasi-experimental study of a class of high school graduates in one urban district fills a gap in the literature by both examining the effects of switching schools in grades 3–12 on college-going and establishing causality using marginal structural modeling. The results indicate that nonstructural student mobility had a negative impact on college-going, which increased with each additional grade band in which students switched schools. High school mobility lowered college-going likelihood the most, followed by mobility in late elementary school, and trailed by middle school mobility. Policy implications and future directions of research are discussed.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest
Garrison, Anne Walton, "The Impact of Switching Schools on College-Going" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3198.