Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Student Persistence and Retention: The Perception of Educational Attainment from Underrepresented Sophomore Students
by Grimalli, Julia, M.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 2018, 59; 10792457
Abstract (Summary)

Post-secondary student retention and persistence is on the minds of professionals at various higher learning institutions due to the disparities in educational attainment. These disparities may lead to inhibited social mobility, and lack of cultural and social capital. This study examined what factors Southern Connecticut State University sophomore students perceived as aiding or impeding their degree path. It questioned how underrepresented students shaped their perception on their educational attainment and how this compares to the existing research and literature on the success practices of underrepresented students in higher education. The study was conducted using open-ended semi-structured interview questions administered to second year sophomore students at Southern Connecticut State University. Specifically, they were underrepresented students defined as being low-income, racial minority, and first-generation students. This study aimed to explore the narrative of underrepresented students by exploring why college access doesn’t necessarily result in college completion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kenty-Drane, Jessica
Commitee: Adams, Gregory, Meyerhoffer, Cassi A.
School: Southern Connecticut State University
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational sociology, Sociology, Higher education
Keywords: Post-secondary educational attainment, Underrepresented students
Publication Number: 10792457
ISBN: 9780355908152
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