Date of Award
Master of Arts
Although college attendance rates continue to rise in the United States during the 21st century, college completion percentages still lag behind. This put those not able to persist through higher education at a disadvantage, particularly because of the financial and opportunity costs of attending college without successful completion. Using data collected from 20 semi-structured interviews, I examine how social support helps students navigate and succeed during college. From the data I find that the various social relationships students cultivate in college with peers, upperclassmen and college-educated family members, as well as through involvement in on-campus groups and organizations can provide them with social capital that helps them get ahead academically. Acquiring knowledge and information about different aspects of college life (both academically and socially) from these networks may be important for 21st century students to succeed in college.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Davis, Adriene, "Learning The Ropes: The Role of Peers, Mentors, and Extracurricular Participation in College Persistence" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 787.