Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

David Van Heemst

Second Advisor

David Claborn

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


This was a quantitative study of college choice factors as related to Nazarene high school seniors. A purposeful sample comprised of 6,918 students was utilized leading to 343 valid survey respondents. Valid respondents were specifically high-school seniors, over the age of 18, which attended a Nazarene church and signified the intention of attending a college or university in the fall of 2010. Nine very important or extremely important college choice factors were derived from the findings of this study. Differentiations were established with students choosing to attend a Nazarene college or university and those that chose not to do so. Variances were also examined related to the characteristics of gender, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, geographical location, spirituality, politics, and Nazarene identity.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.