Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the meaning of “higher education” among first generation college students
by Corea, Yirley, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 84; 1472313
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences and challenges encountered by first generation college students analyzing what aspirations they had in pursuing a higher education. This qualitative study asked participants to discuss experiences in trying to access higher education.

The results revealed higher education meant greater opportunity for advancement and financial means to the respondents, as well as a sense of pride and support to their families. Challenges faced included a variety of responses, from financial struggles, poor academic advisement, lack of preparation in high school, and feeling the pressure to succeed followed by a feeling of intimidation or being lost. Of the perceived existing resources reported by this study, there was an increased need to promote services offered by the university such as tutoring, efficient advisement, mentoring programs and a continuum of financial services.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Higher education
Publication Number: 1472313
ISBN: 978-1-109-47291-2
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