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"They often come to class without a pen or paper, put off buying a textbook, do not complete initial assignments, become erratic in attendance, and one day, they simply disappear" (Rouche, 1993, p.37). This description of an at-risk student was provided by a faculty member expressing concern over the plight of this unique category of students in higher education. At-risk students are students who, through no fault of their own, have been denied some of the advantages granted to the majority of college students. "These advantages include growing up in a loving, supportive family, having adequate financial resources, or having the physical abilities to function in educational surroundings. They are those with a potential for achieving a college degree, but who have a higher than average probability of not reaching their potential" (Jones, 1990, p.xix). These are the students who are often admitted and then ignored, left to sink or swim on their own.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

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Carolyn R. Bair

Second Advisor

Michael D. Waggoner


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