Student-Perceived Interferences to College and Mathematics Success
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Nationally, developmental mathematics courses have some of the highest failure and withdrawal rates of post-secondary courses. A wide range of factors may be contributing to students’ struggles in these courses. In order to help identify these factors, we asked students enrolled in develop-mental mathematics to identify factors interfering with their college success. Results suggested that students in these courses perceive a diverse set of academic and nonacademic interferences to their college success. Perceived nonacademic interferences related negatively with academic achievement and persistence. Our findings provide a holistic framework for conceptualizing additional academic and nonacademic support students might need.