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Beyond the McNair Program

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The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program’s goal is to introduce first-generation, low-income, under-represented group college students to effective strategies for succeeding in graduate programs. One way to explore program effectiveness beyond graduate admission is to ask the McNair graduates themselves. This study uses a comparative interview design to explore first-year graduate students’ understandings of the impact of participating in the McNair Program on their graduate school experiences as well as to explore second and third year graduate students’ understandings of the impact of participating in the McNair Program on their graduate school experiences. Typically McNair program evaluations emphasize the collection and analysis of quantitative data – e.g. academic performance and degree attainment; however, little qualitative research has been conducted on graduate’s perceptions of the impact of program participation on graduate school adjustment and success. Using Bourdieu’s theory of Social Reproduction, specifically concepts of cultural capital and habitus, along with Sociology-based ideas of role-as-resource and role mastery, this study explores students’ perceptions of the McNair program’s effectiveness in regards to helping them understand the “graduate student” role and to use that role to succeed in graduate school.

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Name: Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting
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Restad, Cristina. "Beyond the McNair Program" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707996_index.html>

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Restad, C. , 2014-03-27 "Beyond the McNair Program" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon Online <PDF>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707996_index.html

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Abstract: The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program’s goal is to introduce first-generation, low-income, under-represented group college students to effective strategies for succeeding in graduate programs. One way to explore program effectiveness beyond graduate admission is to ask the McNair graduates themselves. This study uses a comparative interview design to explore first-year graduate students’ understandings of the impact of participating in the McNair Program on their graduate school experiences as well as to explore second and third year graduate students’ understandings of the impact of participating in the McNair Program on their graduate school experiences. Typically McNair program evaluations emphasize the collection and analysis of quantitative data – e.g. academic performance and degree attainment; however, little qualitative research has been conducted on graduate’s perceptions of the impact of program participation on graduate school adjustment and success. Using Bourdieu’s theory of Social Reproduction, specifically concepts of cultural capital and habitus, along with Sociology-based ideas of role-as-resource and role mastery, this study explores students’ perceptions of the McNair program’s effectiveness in regards to helping them understand the “graduate student” role and to use that role to succeed in graduate school.


Similar Titles:
First Year Graduate Students: Reflections on the Graduate School Experience

Beyond the Program Year: McNair Graduates’ Understanding of How Program Participation Impacts Their Experiences in Graduate School


 
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