Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational Policy and Leadership

Content Description

1 online resource (viii, 171 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Daniel C Levy

Committee Members

Teniell L Trolian, Christy Smith


college readiness, cultural capital, home factors, learning skills, school factors, Study skills, Life skills, College preparation programs, Education, Secondary, High school students, Prediction of scholastic success

Subject Categories

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Higher Education | Secondary Education


College readiness in the United States is a multifaceted and complex concept, with many contributing factors that often overlap, and many students leave high school and enter college lacking the skills or knowledge necessary to succeed in higher education. This study investigates a set of study skills and self-management skills related to college readiness. I label this set Beyond-the-Classroom Learning Skills (BCLS). I investigate these skills as they relate to factors of cultural capital both in the home and at school. Using the theory of cultural capital, I determine probable sources of cultural capital in each of these settings and hypothesize their positive correlation to students’ use and perception of BCLS while they were in high school. Thus, this study provides a unique look at factors that contribute to the development of BCLS, rather than looking at BCLS as a contributing factor to academic success.