Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Abraham S. Fischler College of Education
This applied dissertation provides insight into the various factors affecting persistence and transition to college-level courses for students learning English for academic purposes (EAP). An influx of immigrants who want to continue their postsecondary studies has affected the programs serving EAP students in United States. Scholars have identified some factors that influence persistence and success of immigrant students at postsecondary institutions such as cultural and educational norms, curriculum and career support, and academic and social interactions.
A qualitative approach with a multiple case study analysis allowed in-depth exploration of the factors affecting college course enrollment of EAP students. The researcher interviewed 10 participants who represented the student population enrolled in the EAP program. From these individual case analyses, the researcher identified strategies that could enhance retention and transition to college courses of EAP students. The researcher used NVivo qualitative data analysis software to gain a deeper understanding within textual categories and structural themes as well as to ensure thoroughness and reliability. The results of this study suggest that enhancement in both academic and social integration and curriculum and career support can assist EAP students in their transition to college courses.
Dayami Martinez. 2015. A Multiple Case Study of the Factors Affecting College Course Enrollment for Students Learning English for Academic Purposes. Doctoral dissertation. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. (10)