Nontraditional Women Persisting in Community College to Meet Their Educational Goals

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Lutes, Charlene Ann
Very little research has been done about the role of relationships of women in poverty seeking higher education goals. A grounded theory, qualitiative approach, was used to organize and interpret the data of study, a naturalistic inquiry of women’s lives firsthand. As a group of 30 women began to be interviewed, saturation was reached when a common set of propositions emerged with one overall identifying theme: the power of relationships. This study found that women identified reliable and positive relationships that helped them persist. They also identified the one relationship that became a barrier to persistence in achieving their college goals: their mothers.
Dissertation submitted to Michigan State University