Factors that motivate high-achieving underserved students of color to succeed in college

Shiroma, Kiana Yasuyo
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[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2014]
America dropped from 2nd to 13th place in undergraduate graduation rates in the world, which may be due to it low percentage of people of color who attain a bachelor's degree. Despite challenges students of color face, some still succeed. Presently, a paucity of literature on underserved high-achievers of color exists. This study's purpose is to better understand the motivational factors of underserved students of color. The Culturally Engaging Campus Environments Model was the theoretical framework of this study. Data from interviews with 22 underserved high-achieving undergraduates at a large public university demonstrated consistency with three model factors. Two additional elements manifested, which further describe these students' motivation. Implications and recommendations for postsecondary educational institutions are provided.
Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2014.
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motivate, high achieving, underserved, students of color
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