ERIC Number: EJ1076273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Differences in Populating First Year Seminars and the Impact on Retention and Course Effectiveness
Rogerson, C. Lisa; Poock, Michael C.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v15 n2 p157-172 Aug 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the methods by which first year seminars are populated at a large research institution and the impact on student retention and the perception of content, student satisfaction with the course as a vehicle for successful transition to the institution, and building relationships with peers/faculty/institution. Race and gender were considered as well. Findings suggest differences in population method have significant impact on building relationships with peers and faculty. Race and gender had minimal impact. Both implications and recommendations based on outcomes of the study focused on how the first year seminar, currently a viable retention tool, might be enhanced to yield greater student benefits resulting in increased retention.
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Academic Persistence, Instructional Effectiveness, Research Universities, Student Satisfaction, College Freshmen, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Student Surveys, Likert Scales, Predictor Variables, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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