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ERIC Number: EJ773520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Can Welfare Mothers Hack It in College? A Comparison of Achievement between TANF Recipients and General Population Community College Students
Fenster, Judy
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v5 n4 p421-430 2003-2004
The achievement of a group of undergraduate students enrolled in a pilot program for welfare recipients in the form of TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) was compared with the achievement of general population students at an urban community college. Grades attained in a basic level, introductory Psychology course were used to measure academic achievement. Additionally, TANF students' rates of academic retention and election to the Dean's list were compared to rates among the general population community college students, over a period of four semesters. Students in the TANF program attained higher grades in the Psychology course, were elected to the Dean's list at higher rates, and retained their enrollments at equal rates to general population students. The findings suggest that, given proper support, TANF recipients can become successful college students. Implications for the current debate around welfare reform, specifically around the issue of allowing secondary education to substitute for TANF work requirements, are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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