|The purpose of this research is to detect whether gender is a meaningful predictor of academic success. In other words, is there a gender gap in college achievement. Through The Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS), which survey around 22,500 students at the end of their first year, and then three and six years after them first starting their postsecondary education. Together with linear regression models we measure the impact of gender on the three variables used to quantify student success: number of courses failed, months until graduation and overall GPA, controlling for student and institution characteristics. Based on previous literature, gender is expected to account for a percentage of academic success, the value of that percentage changing between studies.
University / Institution: Southern Utah University
Area of Research: Education
Faculty Mentor: Joshua Price