Holleman earns doctorate from Ole Miss

Holmes Community College Director of Financial Aid Clate Holleman recently earned his Ed. D. in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi. Holleman's dissertation was entitled "Exploring the Relationship Between Receipt of a Mississippi Need-Based Grant and Grade Point Average Among Graduating Seniors at the University of Mississippi."

The purpose of the study was to determine if there is a correlation between receiving the Mississippi Higher Education Legislative Plan (HELP) Grant and cumulative GPA at the beginning of the final term among graduating seniors from 2014-2019 at the University of Mississippi. The design of the study was quantitative and examined mean GPA of those awarded the HELP Grant in their final semester compared to those not awarded the HELP Grant but who were Mississippi-resident students demonstrating comparable financial need as measured by a Pell Grant-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC), at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, at least a 20 ACT score and full-time enrollment (which are all required for HELP Grant eligibility).

The de-identified student data were grouped as MS-HELP recipients or non-MS HELP recipients examined by varying EFC ranges between $0-$5,500. Per the statistical analysis, it was determined the HELP Grant was most effective in terms of GPA among those students demonstrating the highest financial need.

"I am so proud to have you as part of the Student Affairs team, and more importantly as part of the Holmes family," Vice President of Institutional Research and Student Affairs Dr. Lindy McCain said. "You have certainly been an asset to the college and this department. I look forward to working with you in the future, and your leadership for the Financial Aid Department."

The Jackson resident holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Higher Education, both from the University of Mississippi.

He and his wife, Virginia, have one son, John. He enjoys playing golf, collecting coins and spending time with his family.