Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Daniel Wissinger

Second Advisor

Deanna M. Laverick

Third Advisor

Kelli Paquette


This study is quantitative and descriptive, meaning participants have been asked to respond to questions based upon how they feel in the present time, without any kind of intervention or stimuli (CIRT, 2017). Two-thousand, five hundred, sixty-nine applicants to two community colleges who graduated high school in 2017, were invited to respond to a Likert scale survey regarding their perceptions of the enrollment and admissions materials they received subsequent to completing the admissions application.

Using descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis it was determined that social and academic capital can be predictors of how students perceived the helpfulness of college admissions and enrollment materials. Additionally, it was demonstrated that applicants perceived terminology associated with financial aid to be the most confusing. Recommendations to community colleges include reducing the level of terminology used in enrollment materials and connecting with support systems in a student’s life to clarify enrollment processes and expectations.