Successful Transitions from Public High School to Parochial Higher Education

This study seeks to identify the conditions under which public high school graduates are successful in Adventist higher education. This includes developing an understanding of the types of experiences that enabled public high school graduates to be successful at Adventist colleges and universities. Success will be defined as both graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from an Adventist college or university and having a positive attitude toward their Adventist college experience. The participants for this study are recruited from alumni of the Adventist colleges and universities within the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Participants for this study are 35 alumni who completed a survey and self–identified to sit for a 30-40 minute interview about their undergraduate experience. This study utilizes a grounded theory research design and its iterative processes to collect and analyze data.