Award Date

May 2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Educational Psychology & Higher Education

First Committee Member

Lisa Bendixen

Second Committee Member

Gwen Marchand

Third Committee Member

Kim Nehls

Fourth Committee Member

Steven Bickmore

Number of Pages

91

Abstract

The rising concern regarding the graduation rates of university students in the United States has led to research being conducted in order to establish possible relationships between environmental factors and the high attrition rates for first-generation college students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university. One factor to be examined is the portrayal of higher education in popular culture and the impact this has on students’ perceptions, and therefore motivation and expectations, when entering into a four-year program at a university. This study seeks to empirically identify if any such connection exists between the portrayal of higher education in popular culture and student expectations and motivation during their first year of college at a four-year, public university.

Keywords

Media; Motivation; Popular Culture; Student Expectations; Undergraduate Students

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Language

English


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