Action research project: Open access
MA Higher Education Leadership
Studies have shown that first-generation commuter (FGC) students navigate their college experience differently in comparison to traditional, continuing generation students. One of the biggest distinctions is how first-generation (FG) students are closely tied to their familial identity. As these students come from an environment and mindset that is more collective and interdependent, they can struggle to find a sense of belonging, community, and support from their institution. By physically living off-campus, FG commuter student’s persistence, well-being, and ability to build relationships on campus can prove to be challenging. Therefore, as a Graduate Assistant in the Commuter Student Commons, I studied the impact of family dynamics of first-generation commuter students at the University of San Diego (USD) to further engage with this community through intentional engagement that validates and supports their unique lived experiences.
Digital USD Citation
Lodhia, Heena, "First-Generation Commuter Student Experiences" (2021). M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects. 86.
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