Campus of Opportunity: A Qualitative Analysis of Homeless Students in Community College

Campus of Opportunity: A Qualitative Analysis of Homeless Students in Community College

Abstract
Objective: Community colleges are gateways of access to higher education for
many underrepresented students. One group that has received little attention in
the community college research literature is homeless youth. The objective of this
research is to address the following research questions: (a) What might be learned from
the narratives of homeless youth and their experiences in postsecondary education?
and (b) How might community colleges promote interpersonal and institutional
resilience for homeless students?

Method: Utilizing qualitative research techniques,
this article reviews the experiences’ of homeless youth attending community college
and explores the ways in which community colleges might serve as sites for fostering
resilience and stability in the lives of homeless students.

Results: The results of this
empirical work suggest that although homeless students do benefit from enrolling
in community college, some of the benefits are not salient to them and they are
unable to take full advantage of institutional resources.

Contributions: The findings
from this study contribute to the literature on low-income students’ experiences in
community college and add the voices and experiences of homeless youth.

PUBLICATION DATE: 2017