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Master of Education (MEd)

MA Concentration

Educational Leadership


Louise J. Santiago, Pamela A. Redmond, Jim O'Connor


The purpose of this study is to determine how alternative and adult education providers can identify and attract appropriate students who will benefit from Diploma or GED programs. Researchers recognize the importance of high school completion and identify the need to lower school district dropout rates. The goal of this project will be an increase in the high school completion rates in the communities studied. The research process includes identifying credit deficient students, having these students meet with counselors and administrators to develop high school completion plans, and finally transferring these students to either the continuation or adult school to assist them in obtaining a diploma or GED. The research sample includes students from Sam Young Continuation High School in Fairmont, California, which has approximately 400 high school students, and the Village Regional Education Center, in Village, California, which has approximately 700 students, 400 of them high school diploma and GED students. The students involved in this study include credit deficient students most at risk for dropping out and those who did not graduate with their cohort.