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Alschuler, Mari; Yarab, Jessica – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Student veterans face many challenges when transitioning to college. This two-phase study first examined their retention and persistence through the use of archival data at one Midwestern public university. Results indicated a 50% graduation rate, comparable to the national average and above that for nonveterans at the same university. The second,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Veterans, Prevention, Student Attrition
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Taylor, Donnalee B.; Harrison, Glenn J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The James Cook University (JCU) Biomedical Science students struggle with their first year and "second-choice-syndrome" as evidenced by high inter-degree transfer rates and low primary degree completions despite the cohort having high subject or unit grade point averages. This project evaluated the impact of two extracurricular support…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, School Holding Power, Foreign Countries, Academic Persistence
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Lake, Erinn D.; Koper, Jordan; Balayan, Ariana; Lynch, Lian – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The purpose of this article is to examine student retention rates and graduation among a doctoral program at a Mid-Atlantic institution. This qualitative study found that faculty encouragement, self-motivation, the cohort model, and the structure of this program contributed to its success. The authors recommend a universal model of retention, as…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Qualitative Research
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Williams, Michael Steven; Burnett, Tiffany Jeanette Brown; Carroll, Talia Kay; Harris, Cameron J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This study utilizes a critical race theory framework to explore the ways race and gender influence Black doctoral students' socialization experiences. Themes about the varied roles and identities of important socialization agents emerged from the data. Managing expectations, engaging in help-seeking behavior, and developing fulfilling mentoring…
Descriptors: Mentors, Critical Theory, Race, Socialization
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Coco, Joshua Christian – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
The purpose of the study was to investigate the strategies that university leaders implemented to improve retention of displaced students in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The universities that participated in this study admitted displaced students after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This study utilized a qualitative…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Relocation
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Thompson-Ebanks, Valerie – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
This qualitative study examines the experiences of former nontraditional-age students with depression and reasons that led them to leave college prematurely. Constant comparative methods were used to illuminate themes within and across participants' stories. The findings showcase eight complex interlocking factors that these former students…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Nontraditional Students, Depression (Psychology), Dropouts
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Arroyo, Andrew T.; Palmer, Robert T.; Maramba, Dina C. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
This qualitative study contributes an original holistic understanding of the perceptions and experiences of non-Black students (e.g., Asian American, Latino, and White) as they matriculate into historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), persist to graduation, and reflect on their experiences as graduates at HBCUs. Findings from this…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Student Experience, Qualitative Research, Asian American Students
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Ozaki, C. Casey – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
This qualitative study explored the external and internal reasons involved in students' decisions to return to college after an extended absence. Specifically, it sought to explore the role of students' concepts of who they might be (or want to avoid becoming) in the college and career domains of their lives, their possible selves. Analysis of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, College Students, Interviews, Decision Making
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Mosley-Howard, G. Susan; Baldwin, Daryl; Ironstrack, George; Rousmaniere, Kate; Burke, Bobbe – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Some Native American college students, like many college students, engage in a complex process of identity formation that involves discovering their culture. This ongoing identity formation process impacts various aspects of their lives including academic achievement and sense of belonging. This study examined the process of one cohort of Native…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, College Students, School Holding Power, Identification
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Christe, Barbara – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
Engineering technology learners are understudied group that comprise the "T" of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Attrition from engineering technology majors is a profound and complex challenge, as substantially less than half of students who begin an engineering technology major persist through the…
Descriptors: Engineering Technology, Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, Performance Factors
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Mellor, David T.; Brooks, Wesley R.; Gray, Steven A.; Jordan, Rebecca C. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
Student attrition from colleges in the United States is a widespread phenomenon, posing real stresses to students, their families, and to universities. We examined the causes of poor academic performance in students' first semester through interviews and questionnaires and administered a small intervention course to freshmen on academic probation…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, College Readiness, Intervention, Program Effectiveness
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Kiyama, Judy Marquez; Luca, Sandra Guillen – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
Informed by the experiences of former peer mentors, this qualitative study examines the structure of opportunity of a university retention program. Extending the concept of social capital, the study investigates the experiences of students who served as peer mentors, and how their involvement in the retention program has influenced their social…
Descriptors: Mentors, Academic Persistence, Peer Counseling, Coaching (Performance)
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Waddell, Jennifer – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
This article describes an urban teacher education program on a predominantly White campus, in which 71% of the students in the program were students of color. This article details a qualitative study and highlights the structures of support most influential in the retention of students within the program. Findings suggest that a multifaceted…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Minority Group Students, Whites, Urban Schools
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Bergerson, Amy Aldous; Hotchkins, Bryan K.; Furse, Cynthia – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
College student persistence continues to pose challenges for higher education institutions, despite over 40 years of research. Although persistence is studied from many different angles, the majority of studies examining the causes of and cures for students' departure from college reflect the importance of engagement in the higher education…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, College Students, Academic Persistence, Student Participation
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Reid, Karen M.; Reynolds, Ralph E.; Perkins-Auman, Peggy G. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
The modern concept of first-year seminars was introduced in 1972. Ninety-four percent of America's accredited 4-year colleges and universities offered a seminar by 2002. "First-year seminar" defines a fairly diverse instructional construct, but the goal remains to improve student retention rates. Research trends indicate a positive and…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Case Studies, Research Universities, Graduation Rate
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