Key motivating factors for rural adult women entering college Public Deposited

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  • This qualitative study seeks to gain knowledge about the motives and barriers of rural adult women students and how these factors impact their decision to pursue postsecondary education. As more adult women choose to enter or return to higher education, it is important to examine the factors that influence their decision to enroll, as well as to identify barriers that may impede their chances for academic success. The results of this study will provide insights about the types of services the college could offer to facilitate these students' success as well as additional perspectives and approaches in the delivery of services. The methods used in this study include individual interviews with six rural adult women students at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC). A constant comparative approach to analysis was undertaken to identify recurring themes and patterns among the data. Major themes that emerged were that (a) motivations to enroll are largely tied to personal and career aspirations and are influenced by the timing of other factors or life events, (b) barriers are focused primarily on fear, financial limitations, and multiple role demands, and (c) support programs and services most desired are peer mentoring and support groups, additional help in completing the financial aid process, and better communication of the programs and services that are available both at the college and in the community.
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