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ERIC Number: EJ1064665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: EISSN-1941-3432
An Analysis of Foster Care Placement History and Post-Secondary Graduation Rates
Day, Angelique; Dworsky, Amy; Feng, Wenning
Research in Higher Education Journal, v19 Apr 2013
Prior research has document significant disparities in post-secondary educational attainment between young adults who had been in foster care and their peers in the general population. This study uses survival analysis to compare the four-year college graduation rate of students who had been in foster care to the graduation rate of first generation, low-income students at the same university. Estimates from discrete time hazard models indicate that former foster care students graduated at a slower rate than their non-foster care peers even after controlling for gender and race. In addition, although students in poor academic standing (cumulative GPA below 2.0) graduated at the same rate regardless of whether they had been in foster care, having been in foster care had a negative effect on the graduation rate of students in good academic standing (cumulative GPA's at or above 2.0). The implications of these findings for increasing post-secondary educational attainment among college students who had been in foster care are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A