Greater numbers of students from non-college educated families are enrolling in higher education than ever; as the numbers of first-generation college students increases on college campuses (Choy, 2001), so do concerns about their success rates as compared to their non-first generation peers. This paper examines the academic and social engagement of first-generation college students who attended large, public research universities in 2009. It was found that first-generation students have lower levels of academic and social engagement as compared to their non-first-generation peers. Additionally, regression analyses were used to examine the association between academic and social engagement factors and academic and developmental outcomes among first-generation students so that administrators and practitioners can focus their efforts in areas that are associated with student outcomes.
Presented at the Association of Institutional Research (AIR) annual forum, Toronto, Canada, May 25, 2011.
Soria, Krista M..
The experiences of first-generation students at large, public research universities: Engagement and Outcomes.
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