The goal of the SEASONS (Students’ Entrance, Adjustment, Social Outcomes and Next Steps) study was to investigate factors related to academic persistence and degree completion of college students. We were particularly interested in how non-parental adults contribute to students’ academic success, which includes things like student effort, engagement, and grades. The students in this study entered the study in their first year of college, and were surveyed multiple times throughout their remaining years at the university.
The results of this study will contribute to an understanding of the role of different sources and types of support in promoting academic success among college students. The findings of this study also may have implications for institutional efforts aimed at encouraging persistence and degree completion among diverse students.