Identifier

etd-10152015-092252

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Education

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to determine the support and resources needed by first generation college students and how community mentor programs could bridge the gaps in existing support. A purposeful sampling method was used to select three first generation college student participants who had personal experiences in community mentor programs. All three of the first generation college student participants are now college graduates. Two of the three participants currently work with a local community mentor program. Demographic data was collected prior to the semi-structured interview. After each interview was transcribed, each participant performed member checking for accuracy of the transcribed interview data. Thick description, data auditing, and reflexivity were also used as forms of data validation. Analysis revealed several common themes from the first generation college students on the supports needed in college, the impact of community mentor programs on meeting those needs, and the role community mentor programs can play in bridging the support gap for first generation college students.

Date

2015

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Fasching-Varner, Kenneth

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