Date Approved

6-7-2019

Embargo Period

7-29-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

McCombs, Tyrone

Second Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Third Advisor

Damminger, Joanne

Subject(s)

First-generation college students

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The goal of this study was to analyze the student experiences and career development of students who identify as first-generation and who are members of the Flying First Program (FFP) at Rowan University. The qualitative study included one focus group consisting of first-generation students who are involved with the FFP and a second focus group consisting of first-generation students who are not involved with FFP. The purpose of this thesis is to assess first-generation students' experiences, challenges, and resources related to their career development. Currently there has been limited utilization of qualitative data collected regarding students' perspectives and their experiences and challenges they face with their career development (Evans, 2016, Tate, Caperton, Kaiser, Pruitt, White, & Hall, 2015). As a result of the study the researcher will suggest recommendations from focus group results for the First-Generation Task Force Committee at Rowan to potentially help implement future career development programming for first-generation students.

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