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ERIC Number: ED528039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 121
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-9377-7
Student Success: A Qualitative Analysis of the Engagement of the Successful First-Generation Student
Brewer, Mondy R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The study captured the essence of the core ideas, prevalent themes or events in the student's time in higher education that helped him or her become engaged in such a way as to prevent departure from the university prematurely. It helps understand successful first-generation students. It examined their resiliency, motivation, self-efficacy, persistence, and other variables that encouraged success. It examined the impact the institution had on engagement and how their experiences might contribute to the creation of a theory that will in turn assist higher education institutions develop or enhance successful retention programs. A qualitative collective case study methodology was utilized using interviews to gain comprehension into the experiences and engagement of these graduates. Seven first-generation college graduates were interviewed about their experiences at a small, private university. Criteria for participation were that all participants were first-generation students, traditional students (age 18-24), and had completed a bachelor's degree or applied for graduation in no more than 6 years. All participants completed degrees at a small private university. Using interviews and university documentation as a medium of inquiry and analysis, this study revealed that first-generation students are a very distinct population whose experiences before and during college influence their chances of success. This study revealed that first-generation student engagement with faculty or staff early is critical to success. This engagement or relationship should continue throughout the student's college career. This greatly impacts success. [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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Language: English
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