Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Judy WIlliams

Academic Year



Since the inception of schools, students have thought of ways to skip and not attend. Skipping school is depicted as humorous in popular culture such as movies and comics, however, its effects are anything but humorous. Today, student truancy is at epidemic proportions as the United States Department of Education reports over seven million students were absent fifteen or more days during the 2015-2016 school year. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing ten percent or greater of a school year. The negative effect chronic absenteeism has on student achievement and success is well documented by many reputable sources. This project seeks to implement a comprehensive approach to mitigate and address chronic student absenteeism. This issue is larger than just a school problem so any project will fail to bring the student absences to zero. A multifaceted approach is needed to address this problem facing sixteen percent of students in the United States with some demographics facing much higher percentages of chronic absenteeism.