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ERIC Number: ED569392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 132
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-1048-7
Persistence through a Promise: Exploring the Effects Financial and Institutional Aid Has on Low-Income Latinos Participating in the Ventura College Promise Program
Harrison, Timothy J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California Lutheran University
With postsecondary institutions making progress in improving student access, persistence, and success for low-income students, it is important to understand the key factors or variables that inhibit undergraduates to achieve their academic goals. California community colleges, in particular, are facing a challenge to effectively provide academic and vocational instruction to a diverse student population which runs into fiscal barriers that hinder their ability to be successful in higher education. This qualitative study investigated the ways in which the financial support influences enrollment and persistence for low-income Latino community college students who participated in an institutional scholarship program called the Ventura College Promise. This study captured the rich stories of 10 Latino undergraduates at a public 2-year community college institution in Ventura, California. The findings revealed three themes about the Ventura College Promise program: It encouraged participation in higher education by reducing the financial barrier, it enhanced affective attributes that contribute to student success, and it facilitated students' achievement of their academic goals. Implications for higher education and campus leaders are discussed, as well as potential future research are provided to support the growing concern of student success at California community colleges for low-income Latinos. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California