ERIC Number: EJ1076336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
The Path to Graduation: Factors Predicting On-Time Graduation Rates
Letkiewicz, Jodi; Lim, Hanna; Heckman, Stuart; Bartholomae, Suzanne; Fox, Jonathan J.; Montalto, Catherine P.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v16 n3 p351-371 Nov 2014
This study uses an integrative persistence model to examine college students' expected time-to-degree as a function of sociological and economic factors. The data used in this study are from the 2010 Ohio Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS), a web-based survey of undergraduate college students. Of the students surveyed, 25% indicated that they plan to take longer than 4 years to complete their undergraduate degree. Findings from the study indicate college environment and personal financial characteristics are important factors in determining time-to-degree. Students who overspend, have a car loan, credit cards, or high debt, and those who feel stress from their finances are more likely to take longer than 4 years. Students are more likely to finish in 4 years or less if they live or work on campus, have a high GPA, or have met with a financial counselor or advisor. Implications for higher education administrators and parents are discussed.
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Predictor Variables, Predictive Validity, Time to Degree, College Students, Economic Factors, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Online Surveys, Demography, Student Characteristics, Financial Needs, Family Income, College Environment, Work Environment, Expectation, Achievement Need, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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