This study was designed to evaluate the factors related to Physical Education course enrollment at a predominately two-year state college operating under a community college model in the state of Florida as it pertains to enrollment declines in electives focused on health and wellness. The mixed-methods study included a survey of current students at the college (n =177) perceptions and reasons for enrolling in physical education classes. Further, a historical data analysis (n = 87,399) of students' institutional records was conducted to investigate the relationship between student success and physical education. Groups included those who took physical education courses and those who had not. Propensity score matching was achieved at < .002 and matching groups totaled n = 3,258. The analysis of the data indicated that there was a relationship between Physical Education course enrollment and some student success metrics (e.g. course completion). Further, a thematic analysis of the student survey data identified factors that influence elective decision-making including: (a) students' focus on self-improvement, (b) degree and career path planning, and (c) personal enjoyment. This study provides insight for researchers and college administrators interested in elective enrollment, particularly with those focused on Physical Education. The metrics and trends identified can guide future research and inform analytical decision points in the collegiate Physical Education space.
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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
Learning Sciences and Educational Research
Curriculum and Instruction
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Katz, Jennifer, "Factors Related to Physical Education Course Enrollment at the Community College Level" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 67.
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