First Generation College Students’ Perceptions of an Academic Retention Program

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Martin Swanbrow Becker
Carmella Spinelli
Denesha McCray

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This qualitative study examines the perceptions of students enrolled in a campus-based program designed to promote academic success and retention of first generation college students. Method: Twenty-five undergraduate students in the program participated in focus groups and interviews to share their perceptions and experiences. Research team members conducted a thematic analysis on the focus groups and interviews transcripts. Findings: Students reported program components that contributed to their academic success and retention including support, expectations, resources, and preparation. Students also described concerns about how students’ needs changed over time and how students in the program were perceived on campus.

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Schelbe, L., Swanbrow Becker, M., Spinelli, C., & McCray, D. (2019). First Generation College Students’ Perceptions of an Academic Retention Program. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 19(5). https://doi.org/10.14434/josotl.v19i5.24300
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