Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Summer 2020

Thesis Director

Mona Y. Davenport

Thesis Committee Member

Cindy W. Boyer

Thesis Committee Member

Catherine L. Polydore


The researcher used a qualitative method to study reinstated students who were previously on academic dismissal from the institution of research. Through the use of semi-structured, individual video calls, the researcher explored what academic and non-academic factors contributed to the participants being placed on academic dismissal, and their decisions to reinstate into the institution. The factors identified as contributing to their academic dismissal includes, challenging family cohesions; participants having to balancing work, school, and parenting; and lacking a supportive network. This study identified the participants biggest contributions to the persistence and motivation to reinstate were their family and support networks.