ERIC Number: EJ1126799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Evaluating the Impact of Crime and Discipline on Student Success in Postsecondary Education
Schuck, Amie M.
Research in Higher Education, v58 n1 p77-97 Feb 2017
The goal of this study is to evaluate the effect of crime and discipline on graduation rates in higher education. Using national data on more than 1250 public and private non-profit institutions that were drawn from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the results reveal that more violence on and around campus is associated with lower 4-year graduation rates, whereas higher rates of disciplinary actions regarding alcohol, drugs, and weapons are associated with higher graduation rates. Furthermore, the findings suggest that utilizing the student conduct system rather than the criminal justice system to address minor offenses is more likely to lead to student success. This study contributes to the growing literature on college effectiveness and the influence of institutional structures and organizational policies on student achievement. The results of this study suggest that violent crime, institutional conduct systems, and campus police departments warrant further investigation.
Descriptors: Crime, Discipline, Academic Achievement, Graduation Rate, Higher Education, Data Analysis, Violence, Campuses, Substance Abuse, Weapons, Student Behavior, Discipline Policy, Police
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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