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Zhang, Xihui; Gossett, Carol; Simpson, Jill; Davis, Ron – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
Advising students for success in higher education has always been an important and challenging task. This becomes even more critical nowadays as most higher education institutions are trying to boost their enrollment and improve their retention so that they can be self-sufficient financially and sustainable economically. Research studies on…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Higher Education, Faculty Advisers, College Faculty
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Kodama, Corinne M.; Han, Cheon-Woo; Moss, Tom; Myers, Brittany; Farruggia, Susan P. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The present study examines the outcomes of a 5-week summer bridge writing program at a Midwestern, urban, public university designed to provide remedial instruction for incoming first-year college students, approximately 500 students annually for 7 years. Regression results showed that program participation was a positive, significant predictor on…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Writing Instruction, Urban Schools, Remedial Instruction
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Wachen, John; Pretlow, Joshua; Dixon, Karrie G. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Many students enter college without the skills and knowledge needed to successfully perform college-level work. An important leverage point for increasing college readiness is the transition from high school to college. One strategy implemented at postsecondary institutions to ease this transition, boost academic and social readiness, and foster…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Readiness, Transitional Programs, Summer Programs
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Holt, Laura J.; Fifer, James E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Peer mentoring programs frequently are implemented on college campuses to enhance first-year college student retention; however, few studies have examined characteristics of peer mentors that are associated with more supportive mentor-mentee relationships, leaving college personnel with a limited understanding of how to improve these vital…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Relationship, College Freshmen, Academic Persistence
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Means, Darris R.; Pyne, Kimberly B. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
This qualitative study explores the perceived impact of college-going capital gained during participation in a college access program. In three, semistructured interviews spanning the first-year college experience, 10 first-year college students who participated in a college access program articulate the value of access programming and also raise…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Educational Experience, Access to Education, Higher Education
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Crowe, Don R. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
This study investigates the effects of music ensemble participation during the freshman fall semester on the ongoing retention of college students. Retention of college students is a concern across the nation. The research question for the study was, "Is there a correlation between participation in music ensembles during college students'…
Descriptors: College Students, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Student Participation
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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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Cholewa, Blaire; Ramaswami, Soundaram – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
Higher education administrators, faculty, and staff expend great effort to increase the academic success and retention of college freshmen. Underprepared college freshmen are of particular concern given their high risk for dropping out. While interventions such as specific orientation programs, remedial/developmental coursework, and special…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, College Freshmen, Counseling
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Patterson, David A.; Ahuna, Kelly H.; Tinnesz, Christine Gray; Vanzile-Tamsen, Carol – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
A big challenge facing colleges and university programs across the United States is retaining students to graduation. This is especially the case for Native American students, who have had one of the highest dropout rates over the past several decades. Using data from a large university that implemented a self-regulated learning course for…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Learning Strategies
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Martindale, Amy L.; Hammons, James O. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Students with merit-based scholarships and strong high school GPAs typically have high retention rates. Yet, many high ability students did not need to study in high school, and never developed effective academic skills. Such students may expect to excel in college with the same limited effort. Unfortunately, institutions may unintentionally…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Scholarships, College Freshmen
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Yook, Eunkyong Lee – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
One of the most urgent issues facing institutions of higher learning in the United States today is the problem of college student retention. The purpose of this article is to provide a theoretically and empirically supported argument for stating that there is one potent force for retention of college students that has been as yet largely unmined:…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Predictor Variables, Information Centers
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Mendoza, Pilar; Mendez, Jesse P. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Using a multi-method approach involving fixed effects and logistic regressions, this study examined the effect of the Oklahoma's Promise Program on student persistence in relation to the Pell and Stafford federal programs and according to socio-economic characteristics and class level. The Oklahoma's Promise is a hybrid state program that pays…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Student Financial Aid, Federal Programs, State Programs
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Haydarov, Rustam; Moxley, Virginia; Anderson, Dawn – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
This article examines definitions, rationales, and calculations associated with higher education performance measures: persistence, retention rate, attrition rate, drop-out rate, and graduation rate. Strengths and limitations of these measures are scrutinized relative to online master's programs. Outcomes of a sample of students (N = 96) enrolled…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Graduate Students, Online Courses, Masters Programs
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Palmer, Robert T.; Maramba, Dina C.; Dancy, T. Elon – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
A strong body of research has documented the supportive environments of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and their impact on facilitating student success. Notwithstanding the consistency of these findings, recent reports and empirical research have highlighted the problems that HBCUs are experiencing with Black male enrollment,…
Descriptors: Males, African American Students, Black Colleges, Program Effectiveness
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Cambridge-Williams, Tiffany; Winsler, Adam; Kitsantas, Anastasia; Bernard, Elizabeth – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Nationwide, almost a third of 1st-year college students do not return to begin their sophomore year, and the 5-year graduation rate for undergraduates is only around 40%. It is important for universities to implement interventions, such as freshman transition courses, to help new students adjust to college life and succeed, and it is critical that…
Descriptors: School Orientation, Living Learning Centers, School Holding Power, Self Efficacy
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