Date of Award
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Educational Leadership and Curriculum
First Reader/Committee Chair
Enrique Murillo, Jr.
Characteristics of who today’s college student is has drastically changed over the years with more students over age 25, may have dependents, employed full-time, attending school part time and likely a parent. These students are known as post-traditional students who make up 85% of undergraduates nationwide. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the experiences of Latina students, who are mothers, and have successfully transferred from a community college designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) to a four-year public higher education institution also designated as an HSI. Data was collected from eleven participants who shared their experiences of an intersecting identity as mother and student through in-depth qualitative interviews. Through an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), there were five key findings; 1) Motherhood: Being the Example for Future Generations, 2) The Enrollment Cycle: Enrollment and Re-enrollment, 3) Health: Physical, Mental & Emotional Wellbeing, 4) Learning in a Pandemic and 5) Embracing Cultural Heritage. This study informs high education leaders and practitioners on how to best support this growing student population.
Vilchis, Aurora, "EXPERIENCES OF LATINA STUDENT MOTHERS IN THE TRANSFER PIPELINE: AN INTERPRETIVE PHENOMONOLOGICAL ANALYSIS" (2022). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1552.
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