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DEDICATION

This thesis is dedicated to my wife, Cindy. From the moment I returned to college to

complete my Bachelor’s degree, she has been a boundless source of support and

encouragement. I really don’t know how, but she managed to maintain a positive attitude,

reminding me of the goal when I began to think there were better options than completing

the program. I doubt I would have completed my Master’s degree without her; she is the

love of my life and main reason I started the process to begin with. Although she didn’t

write it, there would be no thesis without her — this one is for Cindy.

Although Cindy provided the “real-time” motivation, my ambition to investigate the

factors that influence educational outcomes is rooted in events that took place 80 years

ago. Both my parents were born in 1914; they married in 1936 and started our family in

the midst of the Great Depression. In that era, it was customary for children to leave

school as soon as possible to help with family finances, and my father, Lewis Dwight

Small, only completed the fifth grade. My mother, Alma Regina Small, nee Paulson,

completed her formal education when she graduated at the end of the eighth grade. Of

their ten children, three have earned Bachelor’s degrees, and I am the second to have

earned an advanced degree. Both my parents were very smart, and I can only imagine

how different their lives would have been if they had been given the opportunity to

continue their education beyond the bare minimum allowed by the harsh economic

realities of the 1930s. Knowing how difficult their lives were with a limited education, I

am certain they would appreciate this thesis and the completion of a Masters degree.

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