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Wasburn, Mara H.; Miller, Susan G. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
National Council for Research on Women finds that much of the progress that women have made in science, engineering, and technology has stalled or eroded. As we enter the new millennium, there will be an increasing need for a scientifically and technologically literate workforce. A student organization, Women in Technology, was formed at Purdue…
Descriptors: Women Scientists, Student Organizations, Engineering, Females
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Todd, Charles S. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
Useful assessment of general education courses is one impotant tool of a successful approach to advising. This article describes two methods for evaluating the effect general education math and English courses are having on students. One procedure involves examining the grade distribution for students enrolled in math and English general education…
Descriptors: English Instruction, College Mathematics, General Education, Higher Education
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Hickman, Gregory P.; Crossland, Garnet L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
Through the administration of self-report surveys, this study examined the relationships among a) parenting styles, b) family structure, c) academic achievement, d) birth order, e) gender, and f) humor on the initial personal-emotional, social, academic, and commitment to college adjustment among 257 first-quarter college freshmen. Multiple…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Parenting Styles, Humor, Birth Order
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Duggan, Michael B. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
This study addressed the influence of social capital factors on the first-year persistence of beginning first- and second-generation four-year college students. First-generation students were those students whose parents had never attended college. Second-generation students had at least one parent who attended college. A case was made for…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Parent Background, Educational Attainment, Social Capital
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Smith, Joshua S. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
When students enter college, they experience a series of equally exhilarating and challenging events. Those who experience more of the latter may in fact leave. For a variety of reasons--some personal, some academic--many students dropout or transfer from their first institution. Colleges are committed to providing a quality education for all…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Educational Quality, Academic Achievement, Transfer Students
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Roszkowski, Michael J.; Ricci, Raymond – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
Student dissatisfaction with certain aspects of college has been linked to attrition. Some developers of satisfaction surveys contend that in addition to satisfaction ratings, the questionnaire should contain an importance scale because dissatisfaction with the less important aspects of college is not as problematic as dissatisfaction with the…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Comparative Analysis
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Santos, Silvia J.; Reigadas, Elena T. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
The purpose of this investigation was to understand the student-faculty mentoring process and how mentoring relationships facilitate at-risk students' adjustment to college. The sample consisted of 65 college students who were involved in a Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) at a four-year institution. A conceptual model was tested relating ethnic…
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Academic Achievement, Mentors, College Students
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LeSure-Lester, G. Evelyn; King, Nancy – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
The present study investigated racial-ethnic differences in social anxiety among college students in two-year colleges. The sample consisted of 189 Asian American, African American, White American, and Hispanic American students from two colleges in the Southeast. Participants completed a questionnaire measure of social anxiety. The results…
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Hispanic American Students, College Students, Asian American Students
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Packard, Becky Wai-Ling – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
Although mentoring has been linked to the retention of college students in science, it is still unclear whether students who persist in science majors (pursuers) have greater mentoring experiences than students who do not persist (switchers). In this study, 79 upper-level students who had enrolled as science majors at a research university were…
Descriptors: College Science, Science Careers, Mentors, College Students