The impact of housing on academic outcomes for community college students
Sattler-Leblanc, Cha Ron K.
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This study explored the impact of living on-campus on community college student outcomes. Specifically, this analysis examined the role of housing on graduation with an associate degree, cumulative grade point average and cumulative credit hours earned, while controlling for student precollege characteristics. The study examined the experience of 5455 traditional aged students at one of three State University of New York community colleges. Using blocked logistic and Cox regressions, and hierarchical regression analysis, the role of housing was examined after controlling for precollege characteristics. On-campus housing was found to have a significant positive effect on graduation and cumulative grade point average. Students who lived in housing had a shorter time to associate’s degree. As community colleges serve more underrepresented and underserved students, this study provides evidence that investing in on-campus housing has the potential to support and positively affect student outcomes.