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Life Happens (Outside of College)

Title: Life Happens (Outside of College): Non-College Life-Events and Students’ Likelihood of Graduation.
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Name(s): Cox, Bradley E., author
Reason, Robert D., author
Nix, Samantha, author
Gillman, Megan, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
Date Issued: 2016-01-28
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Students’ lives outside of college can have dramatic effects on academic outcomes (e.g., grades, persistence, graduation). However, the manner in which students’ lives outside of college are referenced in college-effects models suggests some uncertainty among scholars as to which, and how, student experiences outside of an institution affect college student outcomes. Using longitudinal data from a racially diverse sample of 3914 students (997 White, 1051 Black, 915 Hispanic, and 951 Asian) attending 28 institutions, this study employs logistic regression models to examine relationships between three types of non-college life-events and students’ likelihood of graduation. Specifically, we examine the impact of financial disruptions, grieving a friend’s or family member’s death, and other family situations that likely cause psychological distress for students. Results suggest that major life-events are both common (i.e., affecting over 52 % of students) and consequential (i.e., negatively affecting graduation rates), thus warranting increased attention from researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners.
Translational Abstract: This study examined three types of non-college life events—financial disruption, a family or friend’s death, and similar family distressful situations—and how they might predict the likelihood of students’ graduation. Using longitudinal data from 3,914 racially diverse students (997 White, 1,051 Black, 915 Hispanic, and 951 Asian) across 28 academic institutions, researchers found that major life-events were both common among students (over 52%) and negatively affected their graduation rates.
Public Statement: In this study, researchers looked at 3,914 college students and found that outside life events, such as financial disruption, a family or friend’s death, and similar distressful situations, affected over half of all college students and had negative effects on their graduation prospects.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1458238995 (IID), 10.1007/s11162-016-9409-z (DOI)
Keywords: College students, Graduation, Non-college life-events, Death, Grieving, Financial, Psychological
Publication Note: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11162-016-9409-z
Preferred Citation: Cox, B. E., Reason, R. D., Nix, S., & Gillman, M. (2016). Life Happens (Outside of College): Non-College Life-Events and Students’ Likelihood of Graduation. Research in Higher Education, 1–22. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-016-9409-z
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1458238995
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Research in Higher Education.

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Cox, B. E., Reason, R. D., Nix, S., & Gillman, M. (2016). Life Happens (Outside of College): Non-College Life-Events and Students’ Likelihood of Graduation. Research In Higher Education. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1458238995