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ERIC Number: ED521993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 177
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-8583-8
The Human Spirit and Higher Education: Landscapes of Persistence in First Generation Students of Color
Valdez, Cristobal
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University
The purpose of this study was to understand the experiences of first-generation persons of color attending and persisting at a community technical college. Students of color continue to be an increasing population in our higher education system. Many of these persons of color are choosing to attend two-year institutions. A great deal of research has been conducted regarding student retention with minorities, dropout rates of minorities and higher education retention strategies for students of color, yet little research has been done on the attributes and factors that allow this population to persist in higher education. A phenomenological approach was utilized to examine the attributes, challenges and successes of first-generation students of color who were community college students. Nine first-generation students of color attending a community technical college in the Rocky Mountain region participated in this study. The student ranged in age from 20 to 49 years of age, had been enrolled at least half-time, and were attending the college for a minimum of one year. Data were collected through individual in-depth interviews and a focus group. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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