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ERIC Number: EJ1373042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-2398-4686
The Impact on Graduate Students When a University Closes
Schiff, Wendy B.; Gadzichowski, K. Marinka; Le Brasseur, Matthew G.; Carlin, Melissa C.
Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, v14 n2 p151-163 2023
Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the impact of a university's abrupt closure on the lives of graduate students and examined the role of grit, social support and school identification as they transferred to a new institution. Design/methodology/approach: An online survey was administered to a diverse sample of 130 psychology graduate students after their university unexpectedly closed and the students transferred to another institution to complete their degrees. The survey included both qualitative and quantitative measures of the impact on different areas of their lives, anxiety and depression, life satisfaction, social support, grit and school identification. Findings: Students reported experiencing financial loss, family and marital strain, anger, fear, uncertainty and loss of progress toward professional goals. Nearly 40% of participants had scores indicating elevated anxiety and depression. Students with higher anxiety and depression and lower life satisfaction tended to identify less with their new institution. Both social support and grit were related to better adjustment and life satisfaction. Originality/value: To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first study to examine the impact on graduate students following the closure of an institution of higher education. The findings have implications for educational policy and graduate student support services.
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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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