Research

There is an increasing amount of research relating to the first-generation college experience, and some of it is even being conducted by KSU's own faculty, staff, and students. 

The resources below highlight some of this research, and expanding any option will display author information and the abstract for the paper.  When possible, contact information is provided for KSU researchers should you be interested in learning more.  For each section, articles are sorted alphabetically by the last name of the author (or first author listed when articles contain multiple authors).  Recent KSU publications are highlighted at the top, as well.

 

  • Chelsea Craig

    Chelsea Craig on the Effects of Mentoring on College Success

    Research done by KSU's very own Chelsea Craig, Coordinator of Parent and Family Programs, investigates the effect of mentoring on various aspects of collegiate success. Her thesis investigated the experiences of approximately 40 first-generation students during their first semester of enrollment at KSU.

 

Kennesaw State Research

  • Author: Chelsea Craig

    Position: Coordinator, Parent and Family Programs

    Shortened Abstract: Mentoring programs have been implemented at institutions across the nation, with both intentional collaborations with different subpopulations of students and random pairing of mentees and mentors (Kuh et al., 2010).  For first-generation students, mentoring may be a vital component of success.  Since there was an increase in self-efficacy and sense of belonging in this study, the use of mentorship with first-generation students could become a more predominant and recognized practice, therefore helping this population of first-year students to become less “invisible” and more supported and celebrated.  To measure the effect of mentoring on various aspects of collegiate success, approximately 40 first-generation students were surveyed during their first semester of enrollment at Kennesaw State University.

    To see the full abstract, view additional information, and read the entire publication, view the author's page on KSU's DigitalCommons site.

 External Articles

  • Author: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

    Shortened Summary: Recent research has generated a large body of knowledge about students who are the first members of their families to attend college.  The results show that such students are at a distinct disadvantage in gaining access to postsecondary education.  Even those who overcome the barriers and do enroll have difficulty remaining enrolled and attaining a degree.  The findings of this study contribute to earlier research by distinguishing between first-generation students and their counterparts with respect to major fields of study chosen, the types of courses taken, amount of coursework completed, academic performance, and postsecondary outcomes.

    Click here to read the entire report (it will open in a new window).

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