ERIC Number: ED530661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Toward a New Model of Student Persistence in Higher Education
Falcone, Tara M.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Charlotte, NC, Nov 2011)
As a group, low-income, low-socioeconomic status, first-generation and working class students have lower persistence rates and educational attainment than their peers from higher- socioeconomic backgrounds. These gaps in college persistence and degree attainment have endured over the years with no evidence that they are diminishing in time. This is a significant problem in the field of higher education that has received little attention in the literature to date. In this work, relevant literature will be reviewed to create a new model of college student persistence specifically for low-income, low-socioeconomic status, first-generation and working class students. This new model combines Tinto's (1993) theory of institutional departure and Rendon's (1994, 2002) theory of validation with a Bourdieuian framework. The resulting model is a multi-theoretical framework that highlights structural factors and individual agency. It may be well suited for capturing the complexities of low-income, low-socioeconomic status, first- generation and working class students' postsecondary experiences. However, it is yet to be empirically tested.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A