Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Dianne Timm

Thesis Committee Member

Tina Stovall

Thesis Committee Member

Louis V. Hencken


Utilizing qualitative methodology, participants' perceptions were examined to understand midlevel professionals' and their interpretations and understandings of Obama's 2020 Educational Goals utilized by the six participants. Through conducting one-on-one interviews with mid-level professionals at a Community College and Four-Year College, it was found that participants had some knowledge of Obama's Goals. Participant's found that Obama's Goals play a huge factor in Financial Aid, Accountability, Retention, and Access for students who chose to pursue a degree in higher education. Participants recommended further professional development to become better assets to their department and the students they serve, educate students about Financial Aid assistance, and further accountability from the government, between departments, and for each other. Recommendations for Student Affairs Professionals were provided to gain insight for future research and ways mid-level professionals can continue to become more aware of governmental regulations and laws they deal with on a day to day basis.