Degree Date

9-2020

Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Counselor Education and Supervision

First Advisor

Dr. Caroline Perjessy

Second Advisor

Dr. Donna Kirkpatrick-Pinson

Abstract

As state requirements for academic achievement continue to become more rigorous, school administrators and counselors strive to create positive school environments. Therefore, administrators and counselors must find creative incentive programs tailored to meet the needs of respective school settings, such as the Jostens Renaissance incentive program. The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of the Jostens Renaissance education incentive program at one Title I high school in Southwest Florida by studying the relationship among students’ GPAs, attendance, and disciplinary issues before participation in the program. The evaluation was a quantitative, quasi-experimental design that utilized pre-existing data of students at a Florida high school. Seventy-nine students participated in the Jostens Renaissance incentive program between 2019 to 2020 in the span of one school semester. Quantitative data showed the participants’ demographics of race, ethnicity, grade level, and academic information. A pretest/posttest design showed the impact of the Jostens Renaissance incentive program on students’ GPAs, attendance, and disciplinary issues. Results showed a significant increase in GPA and significant decrease in days absent and number of discipline cards occurred before and after the implementation of the Jostens Renaissance Program. Therefore, the program was successful at improving students’ goals.

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