A Quantitative Study of the Perceptions of Student Engagement Among Women with Children Attending Community College
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DepartmentAdvanced Studies, Leadership, and Policy
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SubjectsCommunity college education
The purpose of this study was to use the Kuh et al. (2006) theory of student engagement to determine if there was a relationship between pre-college experiences, time spent caring for dependents, and student engagement of women with children attending community college. Additionally, the researcher considered the extent to which the five CCSSE benchmarks predict academic success and student engagement of women with children attending community college. The independent variables were demarcated as enrollment status, race, socioeconomic status, and time spent caring for dependents as measured by the self-reported scores from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). The dependent variable, demarcated as student engagement, was measured by the self-reported scores from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). For research question one, the five CCSSE benchmarks served as the independent variable and credits earned and GPA served as the dependent variable. Data from the 2014 CCSSE Cohort were analyzed for this study. The 2014 CCSSE Cohort consisted of survey participants during the years 2012, 2013, and 2014. There was a total of 108,509 participants in 2014 CCSSE Cohort, and for the purpose of this study, data were analyzed for 700 women with children participants. Descriptive statistics were used to classify and summarize the demographic characteristics of women with children attending community college. These variables were characterized in frequencies and percentages. The results of this study were analyzed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics, Multinomial Logistic Regression, Spearman Rho Correlation and Multiple Regression. This study contributes to the limited body of literature on the student engagement of women with children attending community college. Recommendations for professional practice and further research are provided.