Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patricia Whang

Second Advisor

Sharon Anderson


The School of Natural Sciences (SNS) houses the biology, marine science, and environmental science, technology, and policy majors which have low retention rates. The Science Student Success (S3) Program was created as a toolbox for first-generation and low socioeconomic college students to receive support and access to the resources they need to help them succeed. Three S3 Program students were interviewed to obtain their viewpoints on what should be done to improve the success and retention of first-generation and low-income SNS students. From an analysis of the students’ interviews and the scholarly literature, three factors emerged as important to increase student success: financial assistance, enrichment programs such as time management and career exploration workshops, and attendance at the Teach and Learn Tutoring (TLT) center on campus. Based on the data, it was decided that it is in the students’ best interest to require mandatory use of the TLT for their courses. Thus, S3 Program members are now expected to attend 10 hours of sessions per month at the TLT for at least two courses.


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