USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Karly Taylor

First Advisor

AnnMarie Alberton Gunn, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Literacy Education

Second Advisor

Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D. Director of the University Honors Program

Third Advisor

Edward Hoeppner, Ph.D., Instructor, Management and Marketing Coordinator, Sales Program


University of South Florida St. Petersburg



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Diversity in higher education has become a standard. Universities pride themselves in having diverse campuses, homing students of varying races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and nationalities. While college campuses are trying to increase their access to higher education, the resources for these students changes once they are enrolled. Social justice pushes for the representation of these students on campus, but does the pride in these students go beyond the statistics? Since access to higher education has extended to the masses in recent years, there is the new consideration of providing resources to these newly added groups. As the demographics on campus change, there is a demand to change resources to meet the unique needs of these new students. This paper seeks to address the factors that may influence access to higher education for diverse students, and how these students are supported once they are on campus. In this paper, it is explained that socioeconomic status, academic unpreparedness, and lack of multicultural training for instructors are all factors that place diverse students at a disadvantage. With financial aid, culturally responsive teaching, and conscious discussions, there may be an opportunity to change these statistics.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida, St. Petersburg April 30, 2019.

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