PhD student Gabriel Avakian Orona will present his research at the EPSC lab meeting Wednesday, October 31, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Education 2005. Mr. Orona's presentation is in preparation for presenting at the upcoming APPAM Conference, November 8-10 in Washington, D.C.
Title of Presentation: "Using Non-Cognitive Measures to Predict First and Second-Year Community College Student Outcomes"
Non-academic characteristics and traits, such as academic self-efficacy and conscientiousness, have maintained the interest of higher education researchers for decades. A considerable amount of research has found that these non-cognitive variables (NCVs) are generally predictive of undergraduate success. However, most prior studies have focused on the use of NCVs in four-year colleges, and understanding if and how these measures predict the academic trajectories of community college students has received less attention. As past work has indicated that NCVs are differentially predictive for students from different backgrounds, such an examination is needed. Drawing on data from two diverse community colleges, our study addresses this need by exploring if seven key NCVs predict both short and longer-term student outcomes, how these measures are related to help-seeking behaviors, and their utility in identifying students at risk of serious academic failures. We find statistically significant relationships between NCVs and GPA outcomes, but conclude that their practical utility appears trivial.