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The Experiences of Working-Class College Students Who Became University Presidents

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dc.contributor.author Springer, Mary E.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-05T20:28:09Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-05T20:28:09Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10484/8145
dc.description.abstract Working-class students enter college lacking necessary capital to predict their academic and personal success making college success less likely than for middle class students (Bufton, 2003; Mack, 2006; Paulsen & St. John, 2002; Rose, 1997; Wegner, 1973). This same social class origin helps to define experiences, provides context for understanding these experiences, and ultimately can be a strong motivation to succeed. With the help of personal and professional mentors, strong working-class family values, and an innate drive to succeed, the university presidents in this study have survived in a culture in which they did not have the necessary capital to naturally be academically, personally, and professionally successful. With a strong proportion of today’s first-time college students enrolling directly from high school, almost 55% nationally, and almost 40% nationally coming from working-class backgrounds, the university presidents in this study have provided a strong insight into the experiences and culture of working-class college students and those who become university presidents (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2008).
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Mary E. Springer
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Working class.
dc.subject.lcsh College students.
dc.subject.lcsh College presidents.
dc.subject.lcsh Leadership.
dc.subject.lcsh Capital.
dc.subject.other University presidents.
dc.subject.other Family values.
dc.title The Experiences of Working-Class College Students Who Became University Presidents
dc.type Dissertation
dc.date.graduationmonth December
dc.date.published 2012
dc.description.committeechair Barratt, Will
dc.description.committeemembers Powers, Joshua
dc.description.committeemembers Smith, Laura(Jefferson Community and Technical College)
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy
dc.description.department Department of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Foundations
dc.description.imprint Cunningham Memorial Library, Terre Haute, Indiana State University.
dc.description.itemidetd 201205
dc.description.level Doctoral
dc.description.note Title from document title page. Document formatted into pages: contains 147p. : ill. Includes appendix.


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