Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-16-2020


Dropping out of high school is an issue that disproportionately affects the lives of young men of color in New Mexico and across the country. While there are multiple reasons that impact a student's decision to drop out of school, it is often compounded by other factors that also lead to incarceration.

This study focused on young men of color who dropped out of school, experienced incarceration, and through this process made the decision to return to school and earn a high school diploma. This study was performed at a charter high school in a southwestern state. The mission of this high school focuses on working with incarcerated adults on probation, regardless of their age, who are interested in earning their high school diploma.


Dropout issues relating to young men of color, Factors contributing to young men of color dropping out of school, Young men of color dropping out of high school

Document Type




Degree Name

Educational Leadership

Level of Degree


Department Name

Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy

First Committee Member (Chair)

Sheri Williams

Second Committee Member

Viola E. Florez

Third Committee Member

Tyson E.J. Marsh

Fourth Committee Member

David Bower