First Generation College Students and Campus Resources

Trace McKenna McKenna Valparaiso University, Lily Kapitan Valparaiso University, Aaron Pevitz Valparaiso University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Matthew Ringenberg Valparaiso University
The purpose of this research was to analyze how campus resources at Valparaiso University affect first-generation college students. Specifically, this study looked at the effect campus resources have on feelings of belonging on campus and academic success. First generation college students are defined as students whose parents have not obtained a four-year degree. This study used a questionnaire that was emailed to every known first-generation college student at Valparaiso University. This consisted of five sections: demographics, campus resource use, campus community, academic preparedness, and experience. The use of resources section used a likert scale to see how often students used different campus resources. The campus community and academic preparedness sections also used a likert scale to see how much students related to questions such as, “I feel like I fit in at Valpo”. Finally, the experience section allowed for students to write in specific challenges they have faced on Valparaiso University's campus. These results can help further develop the Persistence and Success Program (PSP), a first-generation college student program on campus.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:00 AM
Jordan Hall 174