Seminar: A Balancing Act

Luis Ponjuan
Associate Professor
Educational Administration and Human Resource

A balancing act: Latino First-generation students’ college campus engagement intentions and employment obligations


Abstract: Dr. Ponjuan described results from research investigating the influence of individual demographics, pre-college experiences, and concerns about college-related issues on first-generation students’ intentions for college engagement and working while in college, with a particular focus on Latino first-generation students.  The study relied on the Ajzen’s theory of planned behavior to explore the relationship between individual intentions and behaviors.  Results indicate significant differences within the group of incoming first-generation students in key demographic characteristics, prior high school experiences, and other college-related issues.  Policy and programmatic recommendations were provided that focus on improving first-generation students’ intentions to become engaged and helping them balance academic and work demands.

The policy brief on Latino Males: Improving College Access and Degree Completion — A New National Imperative can be viewed HERE.

The presentation can be viewed HERE.