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57. Commuter Students: Balancing Work, Family, and Academics

Date/Time: Available as a Webinar Replay
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Hodges
Price: $98

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OVERVIEW:
Although commuter students in general have more difficulties adjusting to college than residential students, there are large variations between successful and unsuccessful commuter students. Using data collected from a national retention project, we built a profile of academically successful commuter students and compared those students to less successful students. In this webinar we will focus on three aspects of this profile: financial concerns, work schedule conflicts, and family obligation interference. Students who reported difficulties in these three areas were less likely to be successful, but not all of them were unsuccessful. This webinar will focus on the behaviors and characteristics of students who were able to adapt to these challenges and succeed (3.0 or higher GPAs) compared to those who did not succeed (GPAs below 2.0). The data set utilized consists of nearly 15,000 commuter students from 82 institutions ranging from highly residential to highly commuter. This webinar will include recommendations for turning this data into action to support the success of commuter students.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
  • Participants will become familiar with the current literature on commuter student success and support.
  • Participants will become familiar with the profile of successful commuter students (those who earned a GPA = 3.0) as compared to unsuccessful commuter students (those who earned a GPA <2.0).
  • Participants will understand how commuter students who reported financial concerns, work schedule conflicts, and family obligation interference were able to balance those issues and be successful
  • Participants will be able to identify at-risk commuter students.
  • Participants will be able to apply this information to their specific campus contexts to develop programs and services to support commuter student success.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
  • Off Campus/Commuter Student Center staff
  • Professionals who work with Non-Traditional student populations
  • Academic Advisors
  • FYE Seminar Instructors
  • Professionals who work with retention and student success programs
  • Enrollment Management staff
  • Student Life staff
  • Student Affairs Administrators
  • Academic Affairs Administrators
FACILITATOR:
Jennifer Hodges, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Texas, coordinates First-Year Seminar courses and Learning Communities, works with students in academic difficulty, serves as the point person for students returning from stopping out, and assists with assessment of academic advising and other areas. Prior to this position, she served as the Assistant Dean of University College at the University of Akron, a primarily commuter institution. She also served as Director of Undergraduate Programs in the College of Business Administration at Akron. Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University in 2007. She worked in academic advising at Michigan State University and Northern Kentucky University prior to pursuing her doctorate. While a masters student at Texas A&M University, Jennifer worked in Off Campus Student Services. She has taught undergraduate courses in career planning, leadership, and orientation to college as well as graduate courses in student development theory and history of higher education.



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