Research in Higher Education

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 103–118 | Cite as

The influence of marriage on community college student achievement in specific programs of study

  • James P. Yess


This study reveals and confirms earlier work regarding the positive influence of marriage on the scholastic achievement of community college students. It was found that marital status was an important predictor of community college graduating Q.P.A. in the following programs of study: Business Administration General, Business Administration Transfer, Executive Secretarial, and Nursing Education. Specifically, being a married woman appeared to place students in these programs at an academic advantage. It is suggested that researchers should look more closely at what marriage does to enhance a student's performance at the community college level.


College Student Marital Status Important Predictor Positive Influence Education Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James P. Yess
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  1. 1.Massasoit Community CollegeUSA

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