Outreach and identity development: New perspectives on college student persistence

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Publication Type pre-print
School or College College of Education
Department Education Leadership & Policy
Creator Bergerson, Amy A.
Other Author Hotchkins, Bryan K.; Furse, Cynthia
Title Outreach and identity development: New perspectives on college student persistence
Date 2014-01-01
Description College student persistence continues to pose challenges for higher education institutions, despite over 40 years of research. Although persistence is studied from many different angles, the majority of studies examining the causes of and cures for students' departure from college reflect the importance of engagement in the higher education environment. An innovative type of engagement is involving college students in high school outreach. This article reports on a study involving 19 college students who participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project intended to increase the enrollment and persistence of engineering students, specifically examining how engaging in outreach activities developed participants' views of themselves as engineers. We found that outreach activities incorporated several types of engagement and that participants engaged in outreach began to develop a professional engineering identity, both of which are linked to college student persistence. The study's implications for research and practice are discussed.
Type Text
Publisher Baywood Publishing Co.
Volume 16
Issue 2
First Page 165
Last Page 185
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Bergerson, A. A., Hotchkins, B. K., & Furse, C. (2014). Outreach and identity development: New perspectives on college student persistence. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 16(2), 165-85.
Rights Management (c)Baywood Publishing Company
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 111,794 bytes
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Date Created 2015-10-05
Date Modified 2015-10-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bz9g7m
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