Presentation Title

P-05 Following Faith Commitments: How High School Graduates Successfully Transition into Adventist Higher Education

Presenter Status

Department of Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum

Second Presenter Status

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum

Third Presenter Status

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum

Location

Buller Hallway

Start Date

1-11-2013 1:30 PM

End Date

1-11-2013 3:00 PM

Presentation Abstract

An estimated 66% of Adventist high school graduates who go on to pursue a college degree never enroll in Adventist higher education. This study sought to create a theory to explain and predict how public high school graduates successfully transition into Adventist higher education and persist to degree completion. This study was the second phase of a sequential QUANT-Qual mixed-methods investigation funded by the colleges and universities operating within the North American Division. The resulting theory centers on one key concern shared by study participants – “Following Faith Commitments.” The theory consists of five components articulated across four domains of student experience. The five components of the theory are Attractors, Adjustors, Detractors, Transitional Tasks, and Anchors. These components emerge across the following four domains of student experience: Relationships, Romance, Personal Spiritual Journey, and Mental Maturation. As public high school graduates enter an Adventist university, the Adjustors, Detractors and incongruences they encounter require create the need for students to successful complete Transitional Tasks within each domain of experience. Successful completion of these Transitional Tasks leads to the creation of Anchors which help the student persist to graduation.

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P-05 Following Faith Commitments: How High School Graduates Successfully Transition into Adventist Higher Education

Buller Hallway

An estimated 66% of Adventist high school graduates who go on to pursue a college degree never enroll in Adventist higher education. This study sought to create a theory to explain and predict how public high school graduates successfully transition into Adventist higher education and persist to degree completion. This study was the second phase of a sequential QUANT-Qual mixed-methods investigation funded by the colleges and universities operating within the North American Division. The resulting theory centers on one key concern shared by study participants – “Following Faith Commitments.” The theory consists of five components articulated across four domains of student experience. The five components of the theory are Attractors, Adjustors, Detractors, Transitional Tasks, and Anchors. These components emerge across the following four domains of student experience: Relationships, Romance, Personal Spiritual Journey, and Mental Maturation. As public high school graduates enter an Adventist university, the Adjustors, Detractors and incongruences they encounter require create the need for students to successful complete Transitional Tasks within each domain of experience. Successful completion of these Transitional Tasks leads to the creation of Anchors which help the student persist to graduation.