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Your Mom Didn't Go to College?! Understanding First Generation College Students Chris Bryant Shepherd University Natalie Liston Shippensburg University.

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1 Your Mom Didn't Go to College?! Understanding First Generation College Students Chris Bryant Shepherd University Natalie Liston Shippensburg University

2 Natalie Liston Graduate 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— (Traditional Style Housing), Summer 2008 (Summer Conference Assistant/Apartment Style Housing) (Suite Style Housing), (First Year Style Housing) and (Apartment Style Housing)

3 Chris Bryant Graduate 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) (Traditional Style Housing), Spring 2010 (Traditional Style Housing)

4 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).

5 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).

6 The Appalachian Region

7 Appalachian Statistics Economic Conditions Poverty Rates

8 Appalachian Statistics High School Graduation Rates College Completion Rates

9 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

10 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

11 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.

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13 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

14 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,

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