Author(s)

Ahmed Hussein

Date Approved

6-6-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

First-generation college students;Dropouts--Prevention

Disciplines

Higher Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

Research has shown that first-generation college students face many hurdles until they graduate if they did not drop out. Limited financial resources, lack of personal skills, and social supports cause many first-generation college students to struggle as they strive to achieve their academic aspirations and receive a degree. This study was developed to locate the main factors behind first-generation college students' retention and dropout. For the purpose of forming this study 84 college students were surveyed to collect data from college students themselves. The short-term study found that first-generation college students have more challenges finishing their studies and getting a degree, than having advantages to do so. The study offered some suggestions to what can be done to help this population of students. If these offered suggestions are adopted, it will help reduce first-generation college students' dropout. The study recommended further examination and research concerning first-generation college students' retention and dropout issues.

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