Peter Hipple

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Frank Corbett

Second Advisor

Kelli Paquette

Third Advisor

Ramesh Soni


The purpose of this quantitative study was to identify contributing factors that can predict high school non-completion. Data were collected through an online survey, which 261 adult participants completed. In order to accomplish a comparative analysis, both high school non-completers and high school graduates from Southwest Pennsylvania were invited to complete the survey. Of the 261 adult participants who completed the study’s survey, 46 participants were high school non-completers and 215 participants were high school graduates. The survey measured the influence that peers, family, and school exerted on students to not complete high school. The survey instrument included four subscales on family and friends (peer activity, trouble, familiarity with parents, and conventional involvement), and three sub-scales on self (self-esteem, environment, and school satisfaction). The research data suggested that of the three independent variables (peer influence, parental relationship, and school experience), the strongest predictor of high school non-completion was peer influence. The next strongest predictor of high non-completion was parental relationship, followed by school experience.