School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
John J Pantana
Primary Subject Area
Education, General; Education, Secondary
Advanced Placement, College Success, First-Year students, Freshmen retention
Preston, Sean Michael, "The Completion of Advanced Placement Courses as an Indicator of Academic Success in First-Year College Students" (2009). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 136.
The purpose of this study was to determine if Advanced Placement (AP) courses were an indicator of academic success in first-year college freshmen. A quantitative analysis of a twenty-one question survey was conducted in order to understand how AP classes create a successful high school graduate for the academic rigors of a postsecondary institution. The survey was administered to one-hundred first-year college freshmen at a large suburban state university in Georgia. The results of the quantitative survey yielded information in support of the research hypothesis and rejected the null hypothesis. The researcher was mindful of threats to both internal and external validity and implemented validation methods. A number of experts in the field of quantitative educational research determined the instrument, the data, and findings were valid and reliable.