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Creating Extended Access for First Generation Students at a Rural Community College: A Construct

Show simple item record Flewelling, Kathyrn V. 2015-08-24T20:22:54Z 2015-08-24T20:22:54Z 2013-06-01
dc.description Thesis (Ed.D. in Community College Leadership)--Ferris State University, Community College Leadership Program, 2013. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from pdf version of thesis en_US
dc.description This dissertation is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. en_US
dc.description.abstract First-generation students at community colleges begin their higher education careers with significant disadvantages in comparison to their non-first-generation peers. Among these are higher tendencies to work while attending school, have lower levels of college readiness, lack social and cultural capital, be less able to self-manage, and struggle with cultural changes when entering college. Community colleges can assist first-generation students by implementing practices that are responsive to the unique characteristics of first-generation students and provide them access to supports beyond the normal practices. The Extended Access Construct is a means for implementing practices that address the characteristics of first-generation students. The construct consists of six areas: Early Information and Validation; Procedures and Preparation; College Culture; Engagement; Persistence and Success; Mentoring. With the necessary dedicated support of college administration, Extended Access can work to create a culture in which first-generation students can more readily overcome the disadvantages of the non-college-going environments in which they were raised to succeed in the community college setting. en_US
dc.format.extent 93 pages
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Ferris State University en_US
dc.subject Community colleges en_US
dc.subject First generation college students en_US
dc.subject Extended Access Construct en_US
dc.subject Student retention en_US
dc.title Creating Extended Access for First Generation Students at a Rural Community College: A Construct en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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