Author(s)

Georgia Kouzoukas

Date Approved

6-23-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

First-generation college students;Academic achievement

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the involvement patterns of eight selected high achieving first-generation students at Rowan University during the Spring 2011 semester. Participants took part in three separate interview sessions to examine past high school experiences, current college involvement, and future aspirations. Interviews were transcribed and data were analyzed through content analysis. The study found that the majority of students were involved in a campus related activity while also achieving academic success. Students were encouraged to be involved by individuals in the environment and they attributed their transition and success in college to specific mentors. The majority of participants believed involvement to be important for all collegians, especially those deemed first-generation. The perceived importance of involvement encouraged the majority of participants to continue their involvement in the future. Participants' overall college experience has led all students to have future aspirations, including the obtainment of advanced degrees.

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