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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
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Whalen, Don; Saunders, Kevin; Shelley, Mack – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2010
Logistic regression models of students' 1-year retention and 6-year retention/graduation for the fall 2000 entering class of students at a research-extensive university in the Midwest were estimated by combining university, financial aid, and Cooperative Institutional Research Program data (n = 1,905; 45% female, 87% Caucasian, 75% in-state).…
Descriptors: Research Universities, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Identification
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Lott, Joe L., II; Gardner, Susan; Powers, Daniel A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2010
The STEM fields, otherwise known as the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics areas, have become the focus of multiple studies and funding initiatives in recent years. Despite these efforts, lingering concerns exist about who enters, who is retained, and who completes the doctorate in STEM fields. This study utilizes discrete-time…
Descriptors: Student Attrition, Doctoral Degrees, Science Education, Academic Persistence
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Finnegan, Catherine; Morris, Libby V.; Lee, Kangjoo – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2009
This research empirically examined student behavior in online courses and its relationship to persistence and achievement across fields. Eight variables descriptive of student behaviors online were measured for 1) frequency and 2) duration of participation. Twenty-two courses were grouped into three broad fields: English and Communication; Social…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Student Participation, Academic Achievement, Online Courses
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Perrine, Rose M.; Spain, Judith W. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2009
The present research was a two-year longitudinal study on the effects of a six-day, optional, pre-semester, freshman orientation program on academic credits earned, GPA and college retention. Regression analyses were used to remove the variance associated with other possible predictors of academic success (gender, age, race, developmental need,…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, College Freshmen, Grade Point Average, School Holding Power
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Chimka, Justin R.; Reed-Rhoads, Teri; Barker, Kash – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2008
Survival analysis is a statistical tool used to describe the duration between events. Many processes in medical research, engineering, and economics can be described using survival analysis techniques. This research involves studying engineering college student graduation using Cox proportional hazards models. Among male students with American…
Descriptors: Models, Academic Persistence, Undergraduate Study, Engineering
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Campbell, K. Celeste; Fuqua, Dale R. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2008
This study identified factors that were potential predictors of student completion in a collegiate honors program, evaluated the relative predictive importance of these factors, and used them to describe how the completion groups differed. Records were examined from 336 freshman honors program participants at a large, Midwestern, public…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Class Rank, Academically Gifted, Grade Point Average
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Purswell, Katherine E.; Yazedjian, Ani; Toews, Michelle L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2008
The purpose of this analysis was to examine academic intentions, parental support, and peer support as predictors of self-reported academic behaviors among a sample of 329 first- and continuing-generation college freshmen. Regression analyses revealed that different variables predicted academic behaviors for the three groups examined (students…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Intention
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Savage, Jeffrey S.; Smith, Albert B. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2008
This research examined degree completion through the lens of Snyder's hope theory (Snyder, 2000) in an effort to expand the research on student retention from Tinto's sociological theory to a theory that focuses on the psychological orientations that might help explain student success. The study focused on a sample of 443 master sergeants enrolled…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Academic Persistence, Goal Orientation, Adult Students
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Duggan, Molly H.; Pickering, J. Worth – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2008
The Transition to College Inventory (TCI) designed to identify patterns of noncognitive factors related to academic performance and persistence was adapted and validated for use with first-year transfer students in a university setting. In this study, 369 entering transfer students were surveyed during Transfer Preview, an orientation program for…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Transfer Students, Intervention
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Nora, Amaury; Crisp, Gloria – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2008
Many students do not receive the adequate academic and social support during their enrollment in a higher education institution that could positively impact their abilities to succeed in college (Astin, 1984; Hurtado & Carter, 1997; Nora, 1987; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991). These support systems can be viewed as providing a holistic mentoring…
Descriptors: Mentors, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Student Personnel Services, Student Adjustment
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Wohlgemuth, Darin; Whalen, Don; Sullivan, Julia; Nading, Carolyn; Shelley, Mack; Wang, Yongyi (Rebecca) – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2007
Regression analysis was used to study retention and graduation for the fall 1996 entering class of students at a midwestern research extensive university (n = 3,610; 44% female, 8% minority, 77% in-state). Logistic regression was used to predict the likelihood of a student being retained for each of four years, and the outcome of graduation at the…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Environmental Influences, Honors Curriculum, Graduation Rate
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Berkovitz, Roslyn A.; O'Quin, Karen – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2007
We conducted an archival study of at-risk students who had "stopped out" of college for many reasons (academic dismissal, financial problems, personal problems, etc.) and who later were accepted to return to school. Approximately 27% of the accepted students chose not to return. Those who returned had higher grade point averages, had completed…
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Grade Point Average, Financial Problems, Intervention
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Suresh, Radhika – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2007
Attrition in engineering programs continues to be an important issue for universities across the country. This study examined the connection between student performance in barrier courses and persistence in engineering. Quantitative results showed that high school academic experience, student behaviors (including study habits, work habits, coping…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Student Behavior, Teaching Styles
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Astin, Alexander W. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2006
It has been more than a decade since the U.S. Congress enacted the "Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act," which requires colleges and universities to make public their six-year degree completion rates. Based on the "Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act," prospective students and their parents are being encouraged to make…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, School Holding Power, Regression (Statistics), Time to Degree
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