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Weichman, T. J. (2013) Success Informs Success: Experiences of Persisting First-Generation College Males (Master's thesis).


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska For Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Educational Administration, Under the Supervision of Debra Mullen. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Taylor James Weichman


This research focuses on the experiences of first-generation college males who have successfully persisted into their second year of college. The experiences of a first-generation student have been described as “a constant battle.” The students in this study have overcome the many challenges ascribed to them as first-generation college students, and persisted into their second year of college. Exploring the experiences of these men through their eyes allowed the research to examine the challenges and supports that the men themselves identify as important to their first year experience. This information has implications for future practice involving first-generation students, with the goal of helping them persist toward degree completion.

Advisor: Debra Mullen