Document Type

PhD diss.

Date of Degree

2012

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Sherry K. Watt

Abstract

Previous research about undergraduate students with nontraditional college experiences has focused primarily on students' demographic characteristics, their deficits compared to residential students, and their risk for attrition. This case study conducted at a university branch campus in the Midwest examined undergraduate college experiences at a campus where nontraditional college experiences are typical. Case study findings revealed that college students were defined by their rich and detailed biography of prior life experiences, successes and challenges for student transition, and experiences with academic and social engagement. Findings also revealed students' strong sense of motivation and ability to thrive and succeed in college.

Pages

vi, 146

Bibliography

139-146

Copyright

Copyright 2012 Kristi S. Mindrup