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Local Students at University: Narrative Descriptions of Lived Experiences

Abstract

‘Local students’ attend college or university in the same city where they attended high school. Local students’ self-narratives suggest that their ‘identity or sense of self’ and ‘sense of belonging or connection with others’ may hinder their academic success. This study gathered data from focus groups and surveys of local and non-local students of a private, national liberal arts college concerning their lived experiences as local students at university. This data describes local students’ self-narratives about ‘identity or sense of self’ and ‘sense of belonging or connection with others.’ The beliefs and experiences reflected by these self-narratives may suggest unique challenges that affect local students’ university outcomes. With awareness of these experiences and beliefs, institutions of higher education could tailor programs to benefit local students to improve their sense of well-being, which may improve retention and academic success.

Published: 2022-02-28
Pages:41 to 53
Section:Articles
How to Cite
Johnson, L., & Wiese, N. (2022). Local Students at University: Narrative Descriptions of Lived Experiences. Student Success, 13(1), 41-53. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.2000

Author Biographies

University of Puget Sound
United States United States

Lisa Johnson, PhD, JD is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Legal Studies, and the Director of the School of Business and Leadership at the University of Puget Sound. One of her areas of interests is the consequences of expressions of institutional power on the voiceless. She is the author of several works, including monographs, textbooks, articles, case studies, and chapters in legal and political theory.

 

University of Puget Sound
United States United States

Dr. Nila Wiese is Professor of International Business and Marketing at the School of Business and Leadership at the University of Puget Sound. One of her teaching and research interests is diversity in international business. She has served on various committees and initiatives related to student success and diversity in higher education. 

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795