The purpose of this study was to identify opportunities to expand access to higher education. The research specifically explored the combination of two interventions that support college readiness: the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program and dual enrollment. Evidence indicated that each of these programs individually improved students’ readiness for college, but there was no research that explored the success of students involved in both programs. This quantitative analysis used the chi-square statistic to compare the proportion of students from a suburban school district who were involved in both programs to students who were not. The analysis evaluated whether participation in the programs was related to admissibility to college, first-to-second year retention, and credit completion. The results for White students and students of color were compared. No relationship was detected between students who participated in both programs and their admissibility or retention. There was a statistically significant, positive relationship between students of color participation in dual enrollment and both admissibility and retention. There was also a statistically significant relationship between the participation of White students in AVID and their retention, however the relationship was negative.


Ginger L. Zierdt

Committee Member

Timothy Berry

Committee Member

Natalie D. Rasmussen

Committee Member

Kristie Campana

Date of Degree




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Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership



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