Publication Date

Fall 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Counselor Education


This qualitative study explored the motivation and college success of a sample of economically disadvantage students attending an urban community college in the North Eastern region of United States. Low enrollment, an increase in drop out rates, and low retention rates became the trend for community colleges. The purpose of this study was to suggest an approach for addressing this issue on the community college campus. Six, first year students were individually interviewed using a familial career genogram and a 15-question interview guide surrounding their experiences with pre-college career guidance, college preparation, and motivation. A lack of college preparedness proves to have a negative impact on the student’s motivation, which in turn, will hinder the participants’ college success. This result will pose a challenge for these participants pursuing higher education, as they are now more susceptible to failure in college.