Analyzes public high school graduates' college experiences by level of academic success, including the role of self-management skills, academic advising, and contextual issues related to family, employment, and financial pressures. Makes recommendations.
- Observation: Many students who were academically successful linked their success to the practice of self-management skills, including managing their time, studying effectively, persisting despite discouragement, and utilizing academic support.
- Observation: Two off-campus factors, family and employment, played important roles in students' college experiences, which, depending on the individual, could be negative, positive, or neutral in shaping a student's college experience.
- Observation: Students of varying levels of academic achievement found it difficult to obtain clear and accurate academic information and advice from their colleges when they needed it.