Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Education (Ph.D)


Administrative and Instructional Leadership

First Advisor

James Campbell

Second Advisor

Anthony J Annunziato

Third Advisor

Joseph Bernato


The purpose of this narrative study is to explore the role of student-faculty interaction and how this interaction may affect student success and completion of a college degree for first-generation Latino students. The study adopted a narrative methodology to explore students’ educational experiences. The purpose of the study is to expand the understanding of the experiences of first-generation Latino college students and recognize the value of their narratives. The framework examines the intersection of Tinto’s Integration model and social capital theory. The rationale and significance of the study were to examine the intersection of the two models and whether student experiences with faculty have influenced their persistence in college. I reviewed the literature review on understanding the college experiences of first-generation students and the social/cultural capital theory. One common theme throughout the literature is the importance of creating an environment for students to feel supported.

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