ERIC Number: EJ789515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 36
"It's a Whole New World": A Qualitative Exploration of College Students' Definitions of and Strategies for College Success
Yazedjian, Ani; Toews, Michelle L.; Sevin, Tessara; Purswell, Katherine E.
Journal of College Student Development, v49 n2 p141-154 Mar-Apr 2008
This study used focus group interviews to explore 22 students' definitions of and strategies for college success. Students' narratives revealed their definitions of success were multifaceted and encompassed how they were doing academically, their degree of social integration, and their perceived ability to navigate the college environment. In addition, although students described a range of strategies that contributed to their academic success, their reports revealed they did not always employ those strategies. These findings affirm that institutions should continue providing services that support students' academic success, while also promoting their personal development and social integration.
Descriptors: Social Integration, Focus Groups, Academic Achievement, College Environment, Interviews, College Students, Student Attitudes, Student Adjustment, Individual Development, Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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