Making it on campus: The interplay between student strategies and social structure.
AuthorJamison, Alton L.
KeywordsCollege students -- Social networks.
Mexican American college students.
College students -- Finance, Personal.
Committee ChairRhoades, Gary
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study examined the college student experience from a student perspective. The conceptual framework of Strauss' negotiated order was used to examine the relationship between structure and process in organizational settings. The ways in which students linked their immediate and larger social worlds were examined as an element in the adjustive processes of the organization. The data consisted of time activity reports, unstructured interviews, and a shadowing experience with a small sample of middle-class Mexican-American students at the University of Arizona. Content analysis of the data was conducted across three dimensions of "Making It On Campus"; Making the Grade, Making It With Others, and Making Money. Findings indicated that students perceived their experience from a generalized goal of becoming "On Your Own." Student coping strategies across the three areas of Making It became shared patterns of activities centered around attempts to organize their world, assert some control, and develop independence and autonomy.
Degree ProgramEducational Administration and Higher Education