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ERIC Number: ED554381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-9151-0
Decisions and Barriers to First-in-Family College Student Enrollment
Vonk, Garrett B.
ProQuest LLC, D.B.A. Dissertation, Walden University
United States Government scrutiny of enrollment practices at for-profit colleges has caused significant decreases in profitability at career colleges. The phenomenological problem explored in this study was the declining enrollment at career colleges. Systems theory and Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory formed the conceptual framework for this study. In this study, a modified van Kamm approach was used to identify emergent themes based on semi-structured interviews with 20 1st-in-family students attending a career college in south Florida. The principal themes identified were (a) barriers to enrollment, (b) significant need for parental support, (c) lack of understanding of class scheduling alternatives, and (d) need to make smart career choices. The implication for positive social change is that increased enrollment of 1st-in-family students may lead to increased economic mobility for the enrollees and their families. Significant societal advances that improved education alternatives could provide school leaders who are struggling with reductions in enrollment and revenue with an improved strategy for recruiting, enrolling, and retaining 1st-in-family students. College administrators could facilitate social change by retaining students until degree completion, which directly benefit communities through increased incomes, greater taxes, lower government assistance, and increased enrollment of future generations. College administrators, counselors, and recruiters could use the findings of the study to develop business marketing materials and compassionate advisement strategies that could effectively recruit and retain 1st-in-family students and increase college revenue. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida