How Can We Help You?

An Exploration of What Institutional Websites Reveal About First-generation Support Services

  • Lynell S Hodge University of Central Florida
  • Amanda Wilkerson
  • Emmanuela Stanislaus
Keywords: first-generation, college students, expectancy-value theory, content analysis, rubric

Abstract

Institutional websites are powerful tools that communicate wide range of information. Providing access to higher education requires institutions to consider how services are communicated with a goal of engaging students from diverse populations. This study utilized a conceptual content analysis to review university and college websites to determine how information about support services for first-generation students is electronically communicated. The researchers constructed an evaluative study to assess 14 institutions to formulate a critique and extend the work of Eccles’s expectancy-value theory (1984), which suggests that achievement-related choices are motivated by students’ expectations for success. The results of this study found salient factors to indicate that institutions sought to provide support for first-generation students, but relevant information was not always explicitly conveyed on websites, particularly in ways most likely to engage diverse populations.

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2020-02-21
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