Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHSR/IRB)

PROPOSAL ID:3678
TITLE:RURAL STUDENTS AND COLLEGE SUCCESS: A NARRATIVE APPROACH TO RURAL STUDENT SUPPORT STRUCTURES AND BARRIERS THROUGH THE CONCEPTUAL MODEL OF STUDENT SUCCESS
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:PYLE, ROWDY
BAKER UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
(816) 248-4161
ROWDYLPYLE@STU.BAKERU.EDU
OTHER INVESTIGATORS:TRACY COOPER, PH.D. (FACULTY SPONSOR)RNKAYLA SUPON-CARTER, PH.D. (FACULTY SPONSOR)
IRB SUMMARY: File Created: April 8, 2022
Department Chair Action Date: April 9, 2022
Current Status: Extension of Approval Granted
Action Date: April 11, 2022
Confidentiality Data are not linked to individuals

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Students from rural communities face various challenges related to postsecondary educational attainment in the United States. National trends show that rural students graduate from high school at higher rates than suburban and urban students, yet attend and graduate from postsecondary institutions at lower rates. The purpose of this qualitative narrative study is to examine the stories of students from rural communities and the unique challenges they face compared to their urban and suburban peers when applying to, entering, and persisting in higher education and to examine the results through Perna and Thomas Student Success Model.

STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

The proposed study will involve the use of an interview protocol. There are no conditions, manipulations, or archival data included in the study. Participants will be asked 6 demographic questions then move into 23 main and optional follow-up interview questions via Zoom video conferencing. All video and audio from the Zoom video conference will be recorded. All interviews will last no longer than 60 minutes. At the conclusion of each interview the researcher for the study will label the Zoom interview using an alpha-numeric indicator 1A-7A. The alpha-numeric system was developed to ensure anonymity among students After the completion of each interview, the researcher will transcribe the interviews. After each participants’ transcript is edited against the recorded interview and finalized, the researcher will submit the transcript to the participant for member checking. Immediately after each transcript is approved for accuracy by the participant, the researcher added additional notes and context from the interview onto the transcript. These notes included any pertinent information hand-written during the interview that may not have been captured in verbal format. This includes the participants’ level of engagement and demeanor during the interview. After the completion of member-checking each interviewee’s transcripts, the researcher read each transcript several times to construct each participants narrative. Next, the researcher determined any demographic sub-groups that may exist to complete each participant narrative.

ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITS

Subjects will not encounter any psychological, social, physical, or legal risks as a result of participating in the proposed study. There is the potential for personal narratives to bring back memories of hardship or difficulties while the student was in high school or matriculating to college. Any incurred stress is expected to be minimal. Participants will be given information about on-campus counseling resources should those be needed. Personal narratives, by nature, are personal and sensitive. The participants will be sharing their personal journeys to college from a rural community. The journey to college can be fraught with challenges for some individuals. Each participant will have their own narrative to share and will be free to share the details they find relevant to the discussion with the researcher. Participants will not be deceived or misled in any way. No offensive, threating, or degrading material will be presented to participants. No known risks are associated with this study. Future benefits of the study include enhancing the knowledge of K-12 educators, colleges, rural communities; and possibly promoting success for rural students by leveraging positive influences and creating supports at rural high schools and postsecondary educational institutions to better meet the needs of rural students.

SUBJECT SELECTION

Participants for this study are students at one of two public universities in the northwestern quadrant of Missouri. A total of 7 participants from each institution will be selected for this study. Students must have graduated from a public rural high school inside a county defined as "rural" (rural is defined as being outside a Metropolitan Statistical Area) during the years of 2019, 2020, and 2021. The student must be enrolled at Missouri Western University at a Junior or Senior level. Potential participant names and institutional email addresses will be provided through the cooperative efforts of the Missouri Western University Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. An email solicitation will be sent by the researcher inviting potential subjects to participate in the study. Seven random participants will be selected for the study. If the researcher fails to make contact with a random participant within one-week, random selection without replacement will be utilized.

CONFIDENTIALITY

To protect the identity and confidentiality of the participants, each participant will be assigned a number ranging from 1A to 7A throughout the course of the study. The informed consent details the method by which the researcher will assign each participant with a number ranging from 1A to 7A. This coding method was developed to protect the identity of the participants during the data analysis, presentation of the findings, and summary of the results. Video and audio recordings will be stored on the personal, password protected, Microsoft OneDrive cloud based storage drive of the researcher. Video and audio recordings will be removed and deleted within 2 years of successful completion of the study.

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Extension Request on 06-13-2022

Good afternoon! I would like to ask for an extension to my current study. The initial email request for participants during the Spring 2022 semester resulted in 4 participants who met the study qualifications. I will need 3 more participants from Missouri Western to complete my study. I am asking for an extension through the Fall 2022 semester to allow for additional time to identify and interview 3 more participants. Thank you for your consideration! -Rowdy L. Pyle

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