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Author(s):Kuh, G., Cruce, T., Shoup, R., Kinzie, J., and Gonyea, R
Title:Unmasking the effects of student engagement on college grades and persistence
Organization:Center for Postsecondary Research
Short Description:This study examines relationships between student engagement, college GPA, and persistence. Engagement had positive, statistically significant effects on grades and persistence between the first and second year of study for students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and had compensatory effects for historically underserved students in that they benefited more from participating in educationally purposeful activities in terms of earning higher grades and being more likely to persist.
Annotation:This study examines the relationships between student engagement, college GPA, and persistence for 11,000 students attending 18 baccalaureate-granting institutions. Data sources included student-level information from the National Survey of Student Engagement, academic transcripts, merit aid, and ACT/SAT score reports. Engagement had positive, statistically significant effects on grades and persistence between the first and second year of study for students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Equally important, engagement had compensatory effects for historically underserved students in that they benefited more from participating in educationally purposeful activities in terms of earning higher grades and being more likely to persist.
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Low-Income Students
Non-traditional Students
Student Success

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