ERIC Number: EJ1095715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
It's All about Saving Face: Working with the Urban College Student
Flynn, Ellen E.
College Student Journal, v49 n2 p187-194 Sum 2015
Urban college students on academic probation seldom utilize the academic support services offered in most colleges and universities. This study assessed a successful academic support program that emphasized the unique psychological, sociocultural and communal aspects of at-risk urban college students and how those aspects contributed to the program's effectiveness. Participants included 62 New York college urban students on academic probation (64.5% African Americans, 22.6% Hispanic Americans, 9.7% West Indian American, 3.2% other). Program effectiveness was measured by an increase in the student participants' GPA and a two-tailed, paired-samples t-test was used to analyze the data. Results showed a significant difference between the Pre-GPA (before program) and Post-GPA (after program). The following conclusions were supported: at-risk urban college students are underprepared for the college culture, they lack the communal connections needed to gain academic support and they use certain defensive strategies to mask a shame-based vulnerability to public academic humiliation.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Academic Probation, Academic Support Services, At Risk Students, Program Effectiveness, Grade Point Average, Pretests Posttests, College Preparation, Intervention, College Freshmen, Statistical Significance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York