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ERIC Number: EJ1121548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Using Student Health Data to Understand and Promote Academic Success in Higher Education Settings
Larson, Mary; Orr, Megan; Warne, Donald
College Student Journal, v50 n4 p590-602 Win 2016
The Problem: Institutions of higher education are interested in students' academic success as measured by GPA. Health is related to GPA and many institutions collect health data; however, this data is underutilized. This study used several health-related variables to examine relationships between health and GPA. Method: This study utilized a cross-sectional survey of 526 students from a 4-year post-secondary institution. Stepwise, forward multiple regression analysis was used to determine which health variables best predicted GPA. Variables related to stressors, physical health, substance use, mental health, and subjective reports of physical and mental health were considered in the analysis. Results: Variables selected accounted for 21.8% of the variance in GPA. The stressors grouping had the highest proportion of variables remaining in the regression model after stepwise selection. Conclusions: Health factors are significantly related to students' ability to succeed. It is critical to understand the connections between student health and academic performance and fully utilize health data to promote student success.
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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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