Presentation on theme: "Your Mom Didn't Go to College?! Understanding First Generation College Students Chris Bryant Shepherd University Natalie Liston Shippensburg University."— Presentation transcript:
Your Mom Didn't Go to College?! Understanding First Generation College Students Chris Bryant Shepherd University Natalie Liston Shippensburg University
Natalie Liston Graduate Student @ Shippensburg University in the Counseling and College Student Personnel Program Resident Director of Lackhove Hall Undergraduate Degree: Shepherd University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (May 2011) MACUHO VIP 2010 Residence Life Experience: RD—May 2011-Present (Traditional Style Housing) RA— 2007-2008(Traditional Style Housing), Summer 2008 (Summer Conference Assistant/Apartment Style Housing) 2008-2009 (Suite Style Housing), 2009-2010 (First Year Style Housing) and 2010-2011 (Apartment Style Housing)
Chris Bryant Graduate Student @ Shepherd University in the College Student Development and Administration Program Hall Director of Shaw and Miller Halls Undergraduate Degree: Shepherd University, Bachelor of Science in Sociology (December 2010) MACUHO VIP 2010 Residence Life Experience: HD—July 2011-Present (Traditional Style Housing and Suite Style Housing) RA— Spring 2008(Traditional Style Housing), Summer 2008 (Summer Conference Assistant/Apartment Style Housing) 2008-2009 (Traditional Style Housing), Spring 2010 (Traditional Style Housing)
Learning Objectives To understand what it means to be a First-Generation Appalachian College Student To gain statistical knowledge on economy, poverty, high school completion, and college completion rates. To understand Bryan & Simmons (2009) research on Appalachian college students. To gain knowledge on Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model (application by Bryan & Simmons).
What is a First-Generation College Student? “First generation college students are those who are the first in their families to attend college” (Bryan & Simmons, 2009, p 391).
Appalachian Statistics High School Graduation Rates College Completion Rates
Bryan & Simmons (2009) Study on First-Generation Appalachian College Students Qualitative research—Content analysis 10 Participants—5 male & 5 female Racial Breakdown—9 White Americans and 1 Korean American
Bronfenbrenner’s (1989) Theory of Human Development Bronfenbrenner’s (1989) theory of human development suggests development is influenced by four levels of influence: (a) the micro-system (b) the mesosystem (c) the exosystem (d) the macrosystem
Level’s of Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model Micro-system: comprising the people and circumstances to which an individual is exposed on a daily or regular basis. Mesosystem: an integration of different environments such as home and school. Exosystem: influences outside an individual’s environment that affect development, like neighbors, friends, extended kin, the media, social service agencies, or a parent’s workplace. Macrosystem: consisting of the laws, customs, attitudes, and values of one’s culture and community.
Systems and Results “According to Bronfenbrenner (1989), each of the four systems influences an individual’s development, and developmental milestones are the result of the interaction among systemic influences” (Bryan & Simmons, 2009, p. 394). Themes represented by Bryan & Simmons (2009) Close-Knit Families Separate Identity College Knowledge Pressure to Succeed Returning Home Poverty Participation in an Early Intervention Program
REFERENCES Appalachian Regional Commission [http://http://www.arc.gov/index.asp] (2011). Bryan, E., & Simmons, L. A. (2009). Family involvement: Impacts on post-secondary educational success for first- generation appalachian college students. Journal of college Student Development, 50, 391-406.