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Use Of Academic Resources Among Different Socioeconomic Classes, Kristin Zimmerman Oct 2017

Use Of Academic Resources Among Different Socioeconomic Classes, Kristin Zimmerman

Sacred Heart University Scholar

Access to academic resources is influenced by socioeconomic status. Based on Bourdieu’s concept of economic and cultural capital and Lareau’s theory of social inequality, it is hypothesized that students from high socioeconomic status would access academic resources at a significantly higher rate. This hypothesis was evaluated in a survey of 120 college students. Basic hypothesis testing showed no significant differences. Advanced hypothesis testing, however, found a significant difference for males and undergraduate seniors. The results suggest a trend that students from lower socioeconomic families access academic resources at a higher rate than students from higher socioeconomic families. A ...


Against The Odds: The Impact Of The Key Communities At Colorado State University On Retention And Graduation For Historically Underrepresented Students, Taé Nosaka, Heather Novak Nov 2014

Against The Odds: The Impact Of The Key Communities At Colorado State University On Retention And Graduation For Historically Underrepresented Students, Taé Nosaka, Heather Novak

Learning Communities Research and Practice

Learning communities are a high impact activity that can influence students’ likelihood for success. Colorado State University (CSU) created the Key Communities (Key) program, which is open to all students but targets students that have persistently lower graduation and retention rates. The majority of Key students are under-represented (ethnically diverse, low-income, and/or first generation to college) and/or students with lower levels of academic preparation. This paper describes the structure and purpose of Key and shares the results of an institutional level assessment of Key’s impact on graduation and retention. Since participation in Key is not randomly assigned ...