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ERIC Number: EJ1106936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
The Neglected Minority: Interviews with Successful Community College Students from Poverty
Hollifield-Hoyle, Heather; Hammons, Jim
Community College Enterprise, v21 n2 p29-61 Fall 2015
Escalating poverty rates and economic instability are creating intensifying pressures for higher education. Historically, the U.S. has relied on higher education, in particular community colleges, to help solve both problems by providing educational opportunities to thousands of individuals who would have not been able to go to college and by retooling displaced workers and thus ensuring their improved employment. The study consisted of interviews with 18 low-income college students who successfully persisted to their second year of study at four community colleges. The intention of the study was to explore the factors influencing the decision of low-income Pell Grant recipient students to enroll and be successful in community college. The interview questions were designed around the research question: What influences students from poverty to enroll and succeed in college?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A