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Coloring the Pipeline: An analysis of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows program as a path for underrepresented students into Student Affairs
by Oseguera, Tonantzin, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2013, 130; 3598310
Abstract (Summary)

This study applies self-efficacy theory from research on career-decision making to understand what influences underrepresented students' decision to enter the student affairs profession. The purpose of the study was to determine how underrepresented students choose student affairs as a profession. The study focused on undergraduate students who participated in the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP). This mixed methods study used data from previously collected by NASPA and conducted individual interviews of Fellows who participated in the program between the years of 2008 through 2012. Explanatory research methodology was used to analyze what influences and factors contributed to underrepresented students entering student affairs. Findings from this study indicate that involvement in co-curricular activities, participation in NUFP, and influence from mentors act as socialization to effect underrepresented students to enter the student affairs profession. Further analysis reveal that cultural agents who affirm student's cultural heritage have a significant impact on students' choosing student affairs. The study provides insight into closing the gap between the number of underrepresented students attending higher education and the ethnic diversity of the student affairs profession.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tobey, Patricia
Commitee: Jackson, Michael, Telles-Irvin, Patricia
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education (Higher and Post-Secondary Education)
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Multicultural Education, Higher education
Keywords: Entry-points into student affairs, Promotion of student affairs, Student affairs, Undergraduate fellows, Underrepresented students
Publication Number: 3598310
ISBN: 978-1-303-46845-2
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