The Role of Academic Identity in Collegiate Success for “At-Risk” Students

By Troy Romero.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Success in higher education is typically measured by retention and graduation, and traditionally the students who are least likely to succeed are at-risk students, who are characterized by one or more of the following: being from underrepresented ethnicities and cultures, having low socioeconomic status, being educated in poorly funded primary and secondary education systems, being first-generation college students, or being otherwise marginalized in society. This study was designed to test how at-risk students differ from other students in terms of the strength of their academic identities using data from 87 students, comprised of two intact groups used as proxies for at-risk and advantaged students. Results indicated that at-risk students had stronger ethnic identities than advantaged students, but all participants had stronger academic identities than the other identities measured (i.e., ethnic, SES, and gender).

Keywords: Identity, Post-Secondary Education, Academic Success, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 7, pp.223-234. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 822.353KB).

Dr. Troy Romero

Assistant Professor, Goodrich Scholarship Program, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Troy Romero received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Goodrich Scholarship Program in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Romero’s research interests include ethnic and academic identity (particularly as it relates to performance in higher education), organizational fairness, leadership, and social skills development as it relates to autism spectrum disorders.


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