School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Primary Subject Area
Education, Adult and Continuing; Education, Educational Psychology; Education, General; Sociology, Criminology and Penology
Corrections, Federal, GED, Inmates
Criminology | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Psychology | Sociology
Akers, Kimberly, "Factors Influencing the Completion of the GED in a Federal Correctional Setting: A Multiple Regression Correlation-Predictive Study" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 687.
Correctional education's primary goal is to reduce recidivism and increase employment among ex-offenders. The Bureau of Prison's practical goal in its mandatory GED program is to maximize the number of inmates obtaining the GED in a given time period. The purpose of this research is to model the number of instructional hours an inmate requires to obtain the GED as a regression on socio-demographic and Bureau of Prison policy variables related to inmate conduct in education programs. This quantitative research uses multiple regression to produce and analyze the model. An archival random sample of GED graduates in a large federal correctional complex is selected, the model fit and diagnosed, and a hold-out sample tested for predictive reliability. Any conclusions regarding policy alternatives for the Bureau of Prisons will then be drawn. Such alternatives may lead to improvements in general criminal justice and in correctional education in particular.