ERIC Number: EJ1086081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
After Access: Underrepresented Students' Postmatriculation Perceptions of College Access Capital
Means, Darris R.; Pyne, Kimberly B.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v17 n4 p390-412 Feb 2016
This qualitative study explores the perceived impact of college-going capital gained during participation in a college access program. In three, semistructured interviews spanning the first-year college experience, 10 first-year college students who participated in a college access program articulate the value of access programming and also raise questions about the long-term efficacy of access lessons. Findings reveal that participants experienced surprise and discomfort around two primary issues: their racial and socioeconomic difference from their more majoritarian peers and their academic underpreparedness for college-level work. Students' narratives of college revealed how the college access program may be presenting a false reality of college in some ways. Implications include the need to restructure college access programming and the need for higher education institutions and college access programs to partner together to better support underrepresented students.
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Educational Experience, Access to Education, Higher Education, College Students, Student Attitudes, Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Background, Program Descriptions, Peer Relationship, College Preparation, Personal Narratives, Program Evaluation, Educational Change, Semi Structured Interviews, College Freshmen, Program Effectiveness, Low Income, High School Students, College Attendance, College Admission
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; High Schools
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