Date of Award

Fall 11-20-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in First Year Studies


First-Year and Transition Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Ruth Goldfine

Additional Committee Member

Dr. Ginny Boss

Additional Committee Member

Dr. Nirmal Trivedi


The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the processes of dual enrollment program leaders as elements of the dual enrollment environment at three comprehensive four-year institutions of higher education in Georgia in 2017. This study addressed one research question: What processes/practices do program leaders contribute to the dual enrollment environment? The leaders of the dual enrollment programs selected for this study were individually interviewed to gain a better understanding of their daily processes and practices and the inner workings of their respective programs. The results showed commonalities between each of the participants which led to the identification of four themes: setting parental boundaries, supporting student development, orienting students, and seeking support. The researcher concluded that program leaders set boundaries with parents to promote independence and personal responsibility amongst students, use interactions with students to promote student development when first-year seminar courses are not available, serve as the primary source for orienting students to the campus, and seek support and clarification to improve the dual enrollment student experience.