Beth Ann Hart
Office Hours for Winter 2017 :
- Tuesday 1-3 pm, or by appointment
- B.A., Psychology summa cum laude, University of California, Santa Cruz (2012)
In my research, I use qualitative methods to examine community college students' experiences.
In one project, I examine the barriers to success for community college students. Using 45 in-depth interviews, I find that community college students are constantly at risk of getting derailed from their goals by an unexpected event. Students’ failure to succeed is often the result of a series of interactions between institutional deficiencies (including lack of classes and thorough and accurate advising systems) and students’ precarious lives (the lack of child care, the instability caused when students hold jobs in a just-in-time economy, housing, food, and transportation insecurity).
In another project (in collaboration with April Yee, Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation), I use a case-study approach to examine how students choose vocational health majors at a community college with one of the largest nursing programs in the nation. Vocational health majors have the potential to help students earn decent wages, enter growing fields, and become upwardly mobile. However, we find that students face barriers to choosing and enrolling in a program of study, as a result of a lack of thorough and accurate advising systems and institutionalized practices, such as lottery admissions systems, which exclude and delay students from realizing the benefits of occupational credentials.
I tweet @hellobethhart