Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

H Stanton Tuttle

Second Advisor

Sue E. Rattin

Third Advisor

Jeffrey S. Williamson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


First Year College Experience is a face-to-face three-credit college course that provided the subject for the current research. The current research was conducted at a small, Midwest community college. This course expanded the college’s existing one-credit hour course called College Success Skills. In the hope of amplifying the impact of the existing course, several learning modules and objectives were designed. The current quantitative, non-experimental research demonstrated that students passing the First Year College Experience course tended to have higher GPAs than students who did not take the course.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2014 for Olivet Nazarene University.