Homeschooling is a viable educational option for many families. Challenges often arise when students are ready to transition into higher education. Barriers to smooth transitions exist, both for the homeschooled student as well as for college admissions teams. The purpose of this qualitative study was to recognize these barriers in order to increase the potential for working toward solutions for those involved. This study used a combination of case story and qualitative research methodology to gather perspectives through interviews from three homeschooling families in southern Minnesota and three higher education professionals working in the field of admissions. Some of the main barriers revealed in the findings of this study include reliable methods of communication with the homeschooling network, lack of recruitment of homeschooled students, homeschooling transcript expectations, and consistent requirements from schools. Acknowledging and presenting this knowledge gained about perceived barrier challenges and ideas for meaningful change will help move this topic forward and lead to better understanding and recognition of possible solutions to ease the transition process for homeschooled students.
Date of Degree
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Kliewer, L. (2019). Perceived barriers of homeschooled students moving into higher education: Case stories and qualitative perspectives [Doctoral dissertation, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/959/
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