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Kim Lloyd

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Sociology

Abstract

This research examines how children and working outside of college impact students’ academic achievement. In this study, I hypothesize that students who work full-time obtain lower GPAs, compared to those who work only part-time or who do not work at all. Secondly, I hypothesize that college students who have children also obtain lower GPAs compared to those who do not have children. Data will be gathered from 632 undergraduate IPFW students during spring 2018. Academic achievement is measured by students’ grade point average (GPA). Preliminary descriptive and multivariate analyses indicate that students who work full-time and/or have children have significantly lower GPAs than those who do not. These results regarding IPFW students mirror those of students at other universities across the nation; indicating that working while earning a degree and being a parent can negatively impact students’ academic performance while in college.

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Sociology

Do Outside Factors Negatively Impact Academic Achievement?

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