ERIC Number: EJ1032339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
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Making a Way to Success: Self-Authorship and Academic Achievement of First-Year African American Students at Historically Black Colleges
Strayhorn, Terrell L.
Journal of College Student Development, v55 n2 p151-167 Mar 2014
The purpose of the study was to estimate the relationship between academic achievement in college, as defined by first-year grade point average (GPA), and self-authorship among African American first-year students at an HBCU (N = 140), using hierarchical linear regression techniques. A single research question guided this investigation: What is the relationship between measures of self-authorship and the academic achievement of African American collegians at HBCUs, controlling for potentially confounding differences? Findings reveal that self-authorship predicts first-year GPA above and beyond background characteristics and traditional measures of academic preparation for college (e.g., high school GPA, ACT/SAT); the final regression model accounts for approximately 58% of the variance in the dependent variable.
Descriptors: African American Students, Academic Achievement, Success, College Freshmen, Black Colleges, Grade Point Average, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression (Statistics), Student Characteristics, College Preparation, Predictor Variables, Achievement Need, Self Concept, Attitudes
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Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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