Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

H. Stanton Tuttle

Second Advisor

Mark A. Frisius

Third Advisor

Jeffery S. Williamson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


The academic achievement gap between minority and low socioeconomic status children and their more advantaged counterparts is a well-documented phenomenon. Many factors have contributed to this gap. The current quantitative, non-experimental, fixed-research design study has examined the potential of three social capital variables and locus of control to predict academic achievement. From a sample of 98 high school seniors, the results indicated that none of the independent variables studied were significant predictors of academic achievement for disadvantaged students. However, feelings of parental rejection were found to be a statistically significant negative predictor of grade point average (GPA) for the No Disadvantage group. Further research is recommended to more closely examine these variables and their predictive power contributing to GPA.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2013 for Olivet Nazarene University.