Study Finds That Working-Class College Students Are Less Engaged Than Their Middle-Class Peers

College students who come from working-class backgrounds are less likely than middle-class students to take part in formal and informal campus-based activities, have fewer friends on campus, and report feeling less integrated into campus life. These are among the findings of a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education by Mark Rubin, a social psychologist at the University of Newcastle, in Australia. The research, which will be published in the March 2012 edition of the journal, was a meta-analysis of 35 separate studies that surveyed more than 62,000 college students, most of them American.

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