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Title: Degree Completion Among Nontraditional College Students
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1. Taniguchi, Hiromi
Kaufman, Gayle
Degree Completion Among Nontraditional College Students
Social Science Quarterly 86, 4 (December 2005): 912-927.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing, Inc. => Wiley Online
Keyword(s): Academic Development; Cognitive Ability; College Dropouts; College Enrollment; Divorce; Education; Education, Adult; Event History; Fatherhood; Gender Differences; Motherhood; Occupational Status; Socioeconomic Status (SES)

Objective. With the growing number of older students attending college, one major issue concerning these nontraditional students is their overall low completion rates. We examine factors affecting nontraditional students' degree completion. Methods. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we examine the effects of student characteristics on the probability of finishing college with event history models. Results. Part-time enrollment significantly deters college completion, whereas the number of prior enrollments facilitates it. Being relatively young, having high cognitive ability, and a high-status occupational background also increase the chance of completion, but these effects partly differ by gender. On the other hand, being divorced and having young children, the factors often negatively associated with women's socioeconomic status, suppress degree completion for both genders. Conclusions. Based on these results, we discuss how higher educational institutions and employers might be able to help increase the rate of completion among nontraditional students. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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Taniguchi, Hiromi and Gayle Kaufman. "Degree Completion Among Nontraditional College Students." Social Science Quarterly 86, 4 (December 2005): 912-927.