Community college re-enrollment after hurricane Katrina

Sarah Lowe, Jean Rhodes

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In this study, we explored predictors of community college re-enrollment after Hurricane Katrina among a sample of low-income women (N = 221). It was predicted that participants' pre-hurricane educational optimism would predict community college re-enrollment a year after the hurricane. The influence of various demographic and additional resources (e.g., social support, childcare, hours of employment, psychological well-being) was also explored. High levels of pre-and post-hurricane educational optimism were significant predictors of re-enrollment, as were lower post-hurricane psychological distress and fewer post-hurricane hours employed. In addition, experiencing a greater number of moves since the hurricane was a marginally significant predictor of post-hurricane re-enrollment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-249
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


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