Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Davis, James E.

Committee Member

Scaggs, William F.

Committee Member

Stonecypher, Wayne

Committee Member

Wiseman, William M.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only


Community College Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Leadership and Foundations


The study was conducted to identify characteristics that are associated with successful transfer to institutions of higher learning from 3 Phi Theta Kappa chapters at a large multi-campus Mississippi community college. The study examined participation rates and transfer rates of Phi Theta Kappa students. The current study also identified student characteristics that predict the successful transfer of Phi Theta Kappa members. A correlational methodological approach was employed. The Phi Theta Kappa chapters in this study have significant differences in membership, yet the factors that predict transfer to a 4-year university or college are few. The factors include age at transfer, cumulative grade point average, type of major, and associate degree completion. The analysis resulted in a model that may be used to predict the probability that a Phi Theta Kappa student will be a successful transfer. The model was able to predict the transfer of these students with significantly higher probabilities than the baseline model.



Phi Theta Kappa||Community College||Transfer||Institutions of Higher Learning