Date of Award

Spring 5-2013

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Major Professor

James D. Lowry

Second Advisor

Mahtab A. Lodhi

Third Advisor

Linxiong Li


This study is a predictive model to ascertain whether various factors such as income, educational attainment, and ethnic background could predict the on students participating in TRIO programs at the University of New Orleans. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration identified low-income and first-generation students as the most under-served population needing attention as well as those most “at-risk.” Educational Talent Search programs were founded in 1965 as outreach programs to provide services and activities to the “at-risk” population to promote high school retention and graduation rates. The University of New Orleans has three Educational Talent Search programs serving Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Tammany Parishes. The demographic data from 1770 participants were collected and a study conducted to determine whether there would be a correlation among the following factors: (1.) ethnic background, (2.) income, (3.) educational attainment, and (4.) geography.


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