Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type

Dissertation (799 registration)

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Boyd L. Bradbury


Adult Basic Education, competency-based, adult diploma, secondary credential


This research project, which focused on a competency-based, secondary credential option for adult learners, known as the Minnesota Standard Adult High School Diploma, investigated the development of this credentialing option from its inception prior to 2014 legislation through present implementation. Three research questions, which centered on the circumstances that instigated, the process that developed the implementation of the Minnesota Standard Adult High School Diploma, which is referred to as the quintain in this study, and the perceived impact upon Adult Basic Education programs guided this multiple case study. Group interviews and document analysis were employed to answer the aforementioned questions. Documentary evidence suggested that scores of education professionals and stakeholders contributed to the Minnesota Standard Adult High School Diploma’s evolution. Despite this evolutionary complexity, several assertions associated with this quintain lend themselves to best practices within the discipline of adult education regarding andragogical factors, education policy development and program flexibility.