ERIC Number: EJ1155237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Finding My Way: Perceptions of Institutional Support and Belonging in Low-Income, First-Generation, First-Year College Students
Means, Darris R.; Pyne, Kimberly B.
Journal of College Student Development, v58 n6 p907-924 Sep 2017
For this qualitative case study we explored students' perceptions of institutional support and sense of belonging within the college environment. Following 10 low-income, first-generation college students out of a college access program and through their first year of college, we examined institutional support structures that have been reported to increase students' sense of academic and social belonging, including comprehensive scholarship programs, social identity-based centers and student organizations, residence hall communities, faculty relationships, academic support services, and high-impact educational experiences. In spite of the positive and stabilizing potential of these support structures, several of them simultaneously undermined students' sense of belonging.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Low Income Groups, First Generation College Students, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Academic Support Services, Scholarships, Social Influences, Student Organizations, Dormitories, Teacher Student Relationship, Educational Quality, Student School Relationship, Minority Group Students, Semi Structured Interviews
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Education Level: Higher Education
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