Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Communication Studies and Theatre
First-generation college students possess barriers within academics that may be unique to the population. This thesis seeks to understand how instructors and advisors can use the memorable messages framework to encourage first-generation college students to attend graduate school despite barriers the students may possess. Thirteen first-generation college/graduate students were interviewed regarding their decisions to attend graduate school. Specifically, interviewees were asked if they received memorable messages from an outside source which encouraged them to pursue a master’s degree. A majority of participants stated they had received a particular message from either an instructor or academic advisor. These messages tended to be one of two types: action-oriented or encouraging messages. Implications based on findings are discussed, as well as directions for future research.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
First-generation college students.
Universities and colleges -- Graduate work.
Counseling in higher education.
Communication in higher education.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 75-90)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 2017 Kaitlyn Voges
Voges, Kaitlyn, "Graduate School Decisions: The Impact of Out-of-class Communication on First-generation College Students" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 1199.