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Thomas, Jackie C., Jr.; Wolters, Christopher; Horn, Catherine; Kennedy, Heidi – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
In this study, campus involvement, faculty mentorship, motivational beliefs (self-efficacy and utility value), and sense of belonging were examined as potential predictors of African-American college student academic persistence. Participants (n = 139) in the study were African-American college students from a large-urban university. Separate…
Descriptors: African American Students, College Students, Urban Universities, Academic Persistence
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Pike, Gary R.; Hansen, Michele J.; Childress, Janice E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
The present research examined the extent to which pre-college characteristics, high school experiences, college expectations, and initial enrollment characteristics were related to graduation from college. Data from admission applications, the "ACT Compass" survey, and initial enrollment measures for Fall 2004 and Fall 2005 first-time…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Educational Experience, Correlation, Expectation
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Lowe, Sarah R.; Rhodes, Jean E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
In this study, we explored predictors of community college re-enrollment after Hurricane Katrina among a sample of low-income women (N = 221). It was predicted that participants' pre-hurricane educational optimism would predict community college re-enrollment a year after the hurricane. The influence of various demographic and additional resources…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Enrollment, Well Being, Females
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Rohr, Samuel L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
This study examined the relationship between various admissions selection criteria utilized by a small, Liberal Arts College in Indiana. More specifically, the study examined if a higher college preparatory GPA and a higher aggregate score on the SAT helped predict the retention of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Grade Point Average, Enrollment, Predictor Variables
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Campbell, Corbin M.; Mislevy, Jessica L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Along with the massification of higher education and increasing costs, the pressure on institutions to retain all students to degree completion has been mounting. Early identification of students who are at risk of leaving an institution may help institutions to target and retain these students. This study investigated whether freshmen behaviors,…
Descriptors: Identification, At Risk Students, School Holding Power, Enrollment
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Schatzel, Kim; Callahan, Thomas; Davis, Timothy – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Results from the analyses of data from 463 former college students between the ages of 25 and 34 years old identify those most likely to reenroll in higher education in the near future. Those who intend to reenroll are more likely to be members of minority groups, younger, single, and recently laid-off, have earned more credits, and hold strong…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Stopouts, Enrollment, Withdrawal (Education)
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Delen, Dursun – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2012
Affecting university rankings, school reputation, and financial well-being, student retention has become one of the most important measures of success for higher education institutions. From the institutional perspective, improving student retention starts with a thorough understanding of the causes behind the attrition. Such an understanding is…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Attrition, School Holding Power, Prediction
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Barry, Chloe Y. H.; Okun, Morris A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2012
Recently, it has been suggested that constructs from different disciplines should be incorporated into Tinto's (1993) sociological model of the determinants of departure from college (Ackerman & Schibrowsky, 2007). We tested the hypothesis that variables derived from Rusbult's (1983) social-psychological investment theory contribute, above and…
Descriptors: Social Integration, Academic Persistence, Graduation, College Freshmen
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Silverman, Loretta H.; Seidman, Alan – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2012
The majority of college students are not ready for college-level math courses, which, when completed, have been shown to increase graduation and transfer rates. To address this problem, the Math My Way (MMW) program was developed to integrate module-based curriculum and mastery learning approaches. The program is based on Seidman's retention…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Grade Point Average, Academic Achievement, Mastery Learning