Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Sean McCarthy

Second Advisor

Audrey Faulk


This if from the policy track for the Community Engagement capstone pathway. First-generation college students have grown in numbers on college campus’ but continue to be a population that has lower completion numbers for their bachelor’s degree. TRIO and other first-generation college programming on college campus’ can contribute to better success of this population. However, first-generation college student’s sense of belonging should be added to campus’ initiatives to promote better retention of students.