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Gender, Ethnicity, Academic Standing and Student Issues Reported in Advising Files

By Baozhen Xie, Cathrine Wambach, Jennifer Franko and Jennifer Connor


Advising files have the potential to increase our understanding of the factors that contribute to student departure or interfere with students ’ academic success. Previous studies have found a variety of student academic (e.g., poor academic performance, low motivation) and non-academic issues (e.g., family issues, financial issues) documented in advising files (Wambach, Hatfield, et al., 2003; Xie, Wambach, Franko, Connor, 2005). One of the prior studies also found that students who left school in good academic standing had fewer issues reported in their advising files than those who left on probation or suspension (Xie, Franko, Wambach, Jansen & Connor, 2005). The present study was designed to examine associations between student issues documented in GC advising files and students ’ gender, ethnicity, and academic performance. These associations could not be adequately tested in prior studies due to small sample sizes (Xie, Franko et al., 2005; Xie, Wambach et al., 2005). Description of The Sample Data used in this study included advising files, demographic information, and cumulative GPA of 100 leavers and 100 persisters who were randomly selected from th

Topics: Hispanic American
Year: 2016
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