Presentation Title

Identifying Critical University Supports for Low-Income Students: A Mixed-Methods Study

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

Students need to be supported throughout their academic journeys so that they can grow and realize their potentials, enter and be successful in their chosen professions after graduation, and share their knowledge, skills, worldviews, and experiences within communities in the future. Decreasing barriers to educational attainment can help promote inclusivity, address social and global issues, address social inequities, and work towards reconciliation. The 4th year Bachelor of Social Work student presenter is currently doing a UREAP mixed-methods research project, which will use online surveys and semi-structured interviews to identify Thompson Rivers University’s (TRU) critical student services and supports that facilitate its self-identified low-income students’ educational success and well-being. The ways in which students identify, navigate, and access these services will also be explored using an online questionnaire that the student presenter developed. The online questionnaire and the research project’s design will be the main focus of this presentation. Gaining a better understanding of low-income students’ barriers to education, support networks and resources, and experiences in navigating and accessing student services is expected to have implications on student services’ strengths, areas of improvement, accessibility, student awareness on these resources, and how to better meet low-income students’ needs. Current and future students and faculty in TRU, and other post-secondary institutions, may benefit from this research project’s findings.

Department

Social Work

Faculty Advisor

Oleksandr Kondrashov

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Identifying Critical University Supports for Low-Income Students: A Mixed-Methods Study

Students need to be supported throughout their academic journeys so that they can grow and realize their potentials, enter and be successful in their chosen professions after graduation, and share their knowledge, skills, worldviews, and experiences within communities in the future. Decreasing barriers to educational attainment can help promote inclusivity, address social and global issues, address social inequities, and work towards reconciliation. The 4th year Bachelor of Social Work student presenter is currently doing a UREAP mixed-methods research project, which will use online surveys and semi-structured interviews to identify Thompson Rivers University’s (TRU) critical student services and supports that facilitate its self-identified low-income students’ educational success and well-being. The ways in which students identify, navigate, and access these services will also be explored using an online questionnaire that the student presenter developed. The online questionnaire and the research project’s design will be the main focus of this presentation. Gaining a better understanding of low-income students’ barriers to education, support networks and resources, and experiences in navigating and accessing student services is expected to have implications on student services’ strengths, areas of improvement, accessibility, student awareness on these resources, and how to better meet low-income students’ needs. Current and future students and faculty in TRU, and other post-secondary institutions, may benefit from this research project’s findings.