Romeo Connors Humanities and Social Science
The Missing Link: The Absent Foundation of Support for First Generation Students Transitioning from High Schools to Four-Year Institutions
According to the Pell Institute, in 2012, only 25% of first-generation students attended four-year institutions. For my research project, I want to examine why this rate is so low. The existing literature focuses primarily on barriers to first-generation students once they attend college. Consequently, I want to examine barriers first generation students face when choosing to attend college in the first place. My research question for this project is: what factors dissuade first-generation students from transitioning from high school to four-year universities and how can high schools support these students in navigating this transition? To answer this question I will be conducting in-depth interviews with first-generation students from high schools and four-year colleges as well as school counselors between two schools of contrasting resources. This project will help me to provide important information on what needs to change to support a cohort of underserved students who are lost in the educational pipeline.