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Jensen, Jamie L.; Neeley, Shannon; Hatch, Jordan B.; Piorczynski, Ted – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
The United States produces too few Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduates to meet demand. We investigated scientific reasoning ability as a possible factor in STEM retention. To do this, we classified students in introductory biology courses at a large private university as either declared STEM or non-STEM majors and…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Thinking Skills, Abstract Reasoning, Retention (Psychology)
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Gaultney, Jane F. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
The present study used a validated survey to assess freshmen college students' sleep patterns and risk for sleep disorders and then examined associations with retention and grade point average (GPA) over a 3-year period. Students at risk for a sleep disorder were more likely to leave the institution over the 3-year period, although this…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Sleep, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power
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Soria, Krista M.; Stubblefield, Robin – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
This goal of this study was to examine the benefits of a campus-wide initiative to build first-year students' strengths awareness. The results of a survey of the first-year class (n?=?1,421) suggest a positive and significant relationship between students' strengths awareness and their belief that the strengths initiatives on campus positively…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Group Membership, Interpersonal Relationship
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Kenney, Shannon R.; Lac, Andrew; Hummer, Justin F.; Grimaldi, Elizabeth M.; LaBrie, Joseph W. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
This study examined the pathways of parenting style (permissive, authoritarian, and authoritative) to alcohol consumption and consequences through the mediators of college adjustment and academic achievement (grade point average [GPA]). Participants were 289 students from a private, mid-size, West Coast university (mean age 19.01 years, 58.8%…
Descriptors: Parenting Styles, Drinking, Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average
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Mattern, Krista D.; Marini, Jessica P.; Shaw, Emily J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
Throughout the college retention literature, there is a recurring theme that students leave college for a variety of reasons making retention a difficult phenomenon to model. In the current study, cluster analysis techniques were employed to investigate whether multiple empirically based profiles of nonreturning students existed to more fully…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Students, Multivariate Analysis, Student Characteristics
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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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Gensheimer, Leah K.; Diebold, Charles T. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
College student attrition rates remain constant despite institution level efforts. This retrospective archival study examined how individual instructors at the course level might impact academic success and retention by acting on a real time at risk warning system. Five semesters of scores on the first exam in an undergraduate psychology course…
Descriptors: Student Attrition, Academic Persistence, Undergraduate Students, Psychology
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Daniels, Lisa; Gibson, Neal; Carmack, Patrick; Smith, Trequita – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Today, as many as 25 to 40 percent of students who attend college qualify for some form of remedial education program provided by postsecondary institutions (Kaye, Lord, Bottoms, Presson, & Cornet, 2006). Many colleges and universities view the inclusion of remediation as an integral part of their educational mission. However, the costs of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Remedial Programs, Remedial Instruction, Educational Policy
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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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Stewart, James F., II; Mallery, Coretta; Choi, Jaehwa – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
With over 15 million students enrolling in institutes of higher education, it is critical to understand the factors that lead to course completion and graduation. This becomes especially important when considering students with disabilities, as this is historically a vulnerable population. Modern technology and online classes may be one way to…
Descriptors: Graduation, Academic Persistence, Distance Education, Disabilities
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Morris, Jason; Reese, Jeff; Beck, Richard; Mattis, Charles – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2010
Computer-based social networking has become ubiquitous on college and university campuses. However, little is known about how this form of networking reflects social integration which is considered to be an integral component of student persistence. To address this topic, a random sample of 375 entering freshman were used to evaluate the…
Descriptors: Social Integration, Academic Persistence, Predictor Variables, School Holding Power