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Organizational Structures Associated with Community College Student Success: Results from a National Survey
Mary Ziskin, Eunkyoung Park, Desiree Zerquera; Vasti Torres, & Donald Hossler
This paper presents findings from a national survey of community colleges. Descriptive results show the scope and forms of the resources and policies that institutions dedicate to improving student success, and results from ordinary least squares regression analyses explore organizational structures and policies associated with institutional completion and retention rates.
Exploring Student Experiences with Debt and Educational Expenses
Desiree Zerquera, Vasti Torres, Tomika Ferguson, and Brian McGowan
This paper considers how students use different financial sources to pay for school. Findings from focus groups held with undergraduate students across four campuses within a public university system in the Midwest revealed findings in three key areas: (1) perceived versus actual costs of attending college, (2) feelings about carrying debt, and (3) effects of debt on students. Implications for research, practice, and policy are suggested, and center on stronger efforts for financial literacy on campuses.
Higher Education Expenses: A Deeper Look at Debt and How Students Manage
Desiree Zerquera, Vasti Torres, Eunkyoung Park, and Mary Ziskin
Despite the national attention focused on student debt, how students accrue debt while in college remains poorly understood. This study reports findings from institutional and original survey data from undergraduates enrolled within a multicampus university system. The presentation of findings describes students' expenses and examines predictors of debt.