Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award

6-2021

ORCID

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7023-4142

Document Type

Dissertation

Department

Educational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. Sandra Harris

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Dr. Karmyn Downs

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Dr. Clementine Msengi

Abstract

The purpose of this instrumental case study was to describe experiences of successful Latinx first-generation college students that support persistence and retention toward graduation for Latinx first-generation college students at California community colleges. The study was framed using Tinto’s retention theory. Successful Latinx first-generation college students were defined as those who have attained graduation from a California community college. This study focused on Latinx first-generation college students not persisting toward graduation at California community colleges, a situation that extends to the national level. This case study included nine Latinx first-generation college students, and the researcher collected data through virtual semistructured individual interviews. The virtual interviews were recorded, analyzed, and transcribed. Findings from this study indicated that support is essential to the success of Latinx first-generation college students at California community colleges, which supports Tinto’s theory. The support can be experienced through community college support services or outside of college persons, such as family, friends, peers, significant other, coworkers, or inside the educational establishment such as faculty, administrators, or staff.

Comments

This study examined experiences of successful Latinx first-generation college students that supported persistence and retention toward graduation at California community colleges.

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