Risk Factors for College Success: Insights from Adults in Nine Career Pathways Programs

Publication Date: June 24, 2016


This analysis of data from 3,719 students in the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluation highlights risk factors that disadvantaged students face in college success. The data indicates a strong relationship between college success and past educational experience; economic status; expected work hours; and expected part-time status. Findings also affirm the role of psycho-social factors—especially determination and confidence—in college success. Each program targeted and recruited different segments of the national population of disadvantaged adults.

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