Fall 2021

Type of Culminating Activity

Student research paper


Intervention programs greatly impact the retention rate of high school students. Characteristics of students who drop out of high school can be assessed and provide necessary information to assist in implementing intervention programs that target those same characteristics, improving retention rates of at-risk students. “A large body of research indicates that students from particular backgrounds or who possess particular characteristics are more likely to drop out than others.” (Stanley & Plucker, 2008, 1) Students must feel like they belong, having solid relationships within their community, school, teachers, and peers. Students must feel that their education is relevant in one or more areas of their life, that their learning is connected to “something larger than the present time and place, and must be challenged intellectually.” (Stanley & Plucker, 2008, 12) Students who indicate that they lack one or more of these 3 R’s, relevance, relationships, and rigor, say that this plays a significant role in their decision to drop out or stay in high school.

Degree Program

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies


Margaret Sass, J.D., Ed.D.



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