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Journey to the Doctorate: Motivating Factors for Persistence and Completion of Doctoral Programs Among McNair Scholars

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Title: Journey to the Doctorate: Motivating Factors for Persistence and Completion of Doctoral Programs Among McNair Scholars
Author: Baness King, Deborah
Advisor(s): Trinidad Galvan, Ruth
Committee Member(s): Torres, Eliseo
Olguin, David
Gutierrez, Timothy
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies
Subject: Doctoral Completion
McNair Program
Low Income
First Generation
Students of Color
TRIO Programs
Graduate School
Ronald E. McNair Postbaccaluareate Achievement Program
LC Subject(s): Motivation in education
Minority graduate students--United States
Degrees, Academic--Social aspects--United States
Doctoral students--United States
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Using a qualitative approach, this study investigated the perceptions of motivating factors for persistence and completion of the doctorate among low income, first generation and students of color that participated in the federally funded Ronald E. McNair Postbaccaluareate Achievement Program. Purposive sampling was used to obtain a pool of nine research participants that were enrolled in a McNair program during undergraduate study and successfully completed a doctoral program. Research questions were designed to retrieve information regarding how the McNair program impacted the successful completion of the doctorate. The findings were developed through analysis of data collected from interviews, an online focus group, and document review. Utilizing various theories of socialization, the doctoral experiences of the nine participants were explored and the perceptions of the impact of the McNair program on successful completion were examined. The findings resulted in a model of intervention that demonstrates how the McNair program can accelerate the progression of McNair Scholars through the graduate school socialization process for increased opportunity for successful completion of the doctorate.
Graduation Date: July 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13124


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