Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


King, Stephanie B.

Committee Member

Stumpf, Arthur D.

Committee Member

Davis, James E.

Committee Member

Wiseman, William M.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Community College Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Educational Leadership


While most public community colleges today advocate that they are open door and have liberal registration policies, there is little current research on the effects of late registration on student performance at the community college level. Community colleges need sound evidence in order to implement institutional practices and policies that will benefit students. The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to examine the effects of late registration on student success at a rural Mississippi community college and (2) to identify reasons that students register late. In examining the effects of late registration on student success the study focused on the success measures of student GPA, course withdrawal, and persistence. Data for the first study purpose were obtained from the records of students enrolled at the respective college during the fall 2011, 2012, and 2013 semesters. For the second study purpose data were obtained using a self-developed survey that was emailed to students who late registered during the fall 2014 semester. Independent samples t-test, chi-square, frequencies, and percentages were used for data analysis. Results of the study indicate that late registration has a significantly negative effect on student success. Results of the statistical analysis are presented in narrative and table form to answer the 4 research questions. The study concludes with a summary of findings and a discussion of the limitations of the study. Recommendations for practitioners and policymakers are discussed along with recommendations for future research.



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