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Is It Really Up To Me? Academic and Life Tensions for "Double First-Generation" College Students

Abstract This study examined the experiences of first-generation college students who were enrolled in online degree programs at a traditional brick-and-mortar university located in the western United States. These students were viewed as "double first-generation" because they were not only the first in their family to pursue a bachelor's degree, but were also among the first generation in the history of American higher education to pursue public, postsecondary education in an entirely online format. The research was designed as a multiple methods case study that emphasized qualitative methods. Being exploratory in nature, the study focused on participant characteristics and the ways that they responded to and persisted in online degre... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Shea, Jennifer D. (Author) / Fischman, Gustavo E. (Advisor) / De Los Santos Jr, Alfredo G. (Committee member) / Ewing, Kris (Committee member) / Archambault, Leanna (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Higher education / Education policy / case study / first-generation college students / online education / persistence
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 232 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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