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ERIC Number: ED552442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 157
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-1712-6
An Examination of Factors Related to the Academic Performance of African-American College Students
Wylie, D'Errico M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Tennessee State University
The purpose of this study was to identify factors that were predictive of academic performance of college students at Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs). The variables of interest included: seating choice, self-esteem, anxiety, stress and study habits. The sample consisted of 201 African-American undergraduate students. Participants completed a demographics survey, the "Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale", the "Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS)", the "Holmes and Rahe Stress Inventory", and the "Study Skills Self-Assessment". The participant also identified actual seating and seating preference on a classroom seating diagram. Pearson r correlations indicated a significant relationship between GPA and the following: actual seating ("r" (199) = 0.815, "p" = 0.000), seating preference ("r" (199) = 0.203, "p"= 0.002), stress ("r" (199) = -0.116, "p"= 0.050), and self-esteem ("r" (199) = 0.146, "p"= 0.02). There was no significant correlation between GPA and the following: anxiety ("r" (199) = 0.082, "p"= 0.123) and study skills ("r" (199) = 0.477, "p" = 0.243). Based on the results, the best predictors of GPA were seating choice, stress, and self-esteem. Limitations of the study, as well as implications and recommendations for future research, are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale