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ERIC Number: EJ1046425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
Examining a Financial Climate of Support: How Institutional-Level Financial Aid Relates to Teamwork, Leadership, and Critical Thinking
Park, Julie J.; Denson, Nida; Johnson, Matthew
Journal of College Student Development, v55 n8 p779-794 Nov 2014
Financial aid plays a critical role in college access and student success. It plays an increasingly important role as the college-going population continues to diversify and the cost of college continues to rise at both public and private institutions. In this study, the authors examined whether institutional level financial aid has any direct effects on the student development outcomes of teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking. The study is grounded on the idea that an institutional climate of financial support is positively linked to student development outcomes. In particular, the results show that the average amount of grant aid received per student in an institution has some positive effects on leadership and critical thinking for all students, regardless of their own individual financial need. While this analysis shows positive relationships between the amount of aid received and the student outcomes, due to the methods utilized, the authors are less able to posit why these relationships exist. Overall, Park, Denson, and Johnson conclude that their findings point to the salience of institutional-level contexts and how such environments set the stage for student growth during the college years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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