Date of Award

Fall 2021

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Education, PhD


School of Educational Studies

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Linda Perkins

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

David Drew

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Eligio Martinez

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The research was a mixed methods review of the experiences of Latino/a First Generation students in college. Their experiences were identified through a quantitative component of identifying what had been published pertinent to this demographic and sectioning those publications into one of four decades when they were distributed. This quantitative portion of the research included a review of all published articles on the subject that appear in four scholarly, peer-reviewed journals from its inaugural issue to its final issue on December, 2020. The total publications analyzed were 5,103.The qualitative portion of the research comprised interviews of sixteen Latinos/as who were first in their families to attend college; four from each of four decades of research interest. Moreover, these participants were also identified as having attended an academic institution that was either a public, private, community college, or HBCU/HSI institution. Covid 19 mandates of social distancing were adhered to and interviews were conducted via virtual meeting software. Research findings indicated that financing college was of greatest concern to the research participants across all parameters, and this was corroborated with the number of publications on the topic; this held true for each decade of investigation. Additional areas of mixed-methodological agreement were related to Academic preparation; Teachers-mentors; Family Involvement, Structure & finances; Parental Expectations; Perseverance, Resiliency & Persistence; Access, Assistance & resources; Identity; and Community College. The findings led to two recommendations for institutional modification related to funding for education and pre-collegiate preparation programs like AVID and Puente. One additional recommendation was made to create a new perspective related to universities and their public school partners.