Peer Groups and the Institute of the Community College

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Peer Groups and the Institute of the Community College

As I went through the research process for this paper I conducted many interviews with former classmates who are now either attending a four-year university or a local community college. The original intent was to find out their reasons for attending the institution they chose to attend. As I accumulated information I began to see a glaring trend in the relationship between the social group the individual was a member of and the college they ended up attending. This then drove me to further examine the influencing factors in these students’ social lives, in a hope of identifying the degree to which they are influenced by each other. Thus, the first part of the paper explores the community colleges of the surrounding area and the programs that they have to offer to students. Meanwhile, the second part of the paper is more of a sociological investigation into peer groups and the factors that lead kids into choosing their institution of higher education. I chose to focus on the institution that is the community college due to the fact that a large number of my former classmates are enrolled in community colleges.

As mentioned above, a large portion of the evidence for this paper was gained through personal interviews with former classmates. Some students expressed concern regarding the confidentiality of their statements, and wanting to respect this concern, I aim at protecting the confidentiality of their statements by keeping the author of each quote as ambiguous. However each interview that was conducted in the research process is recorded in the bibliography and that is where the participants receive credit for their contribution and participation to my re...

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