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Gibbons, Melinda M.; Rhinehart, Alessandra; Hardin, Erin – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
This study explored the perceived barriers and supports related to college adjustment for first-generation college students at a large public university in the southeastern United States. Using social cognitive career theory as a framework, 15 college students participated in focus groups to discuss their adjustment to college and what they…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, First Generation College Students, Social Cognition, Career Development
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Uy, Phitsamay S.; Kim, Sue J.; Khuon, Chrisna – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
This study discusses the college and career readiness among full-time Southeast Asian American college students in a 4-year public university in New England. Our study consisted of surveys (n = 58) and focus groups (n = 35), of second-generation (born in the United States) or 1.5-generation (immigrated as a youth) college students. While our…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Asian American Students, Career Development
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Di Maggio, Lily M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
Previous empirical inquiry into study abroad has consistently shown that students who study abroad have higher graduation rates than students who do not study abroad. In the current study, it was theorized that study abroad increased students' perceptions of the college or university that they attended. Using data from the National Survey of…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, College Students
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Pratt, Ian S.; Harwood, Hunter B.; Cavazos, Jenel T.; Ditzfeld, Christopher P. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
The current project uses our university's new student survey to compare previously reported trends in first-generation college student (FGCS) retention with those found on our campus and discusses potential directions for future research and intervention programs. Consistent with previous research, our data showed that financial concerns were a…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, First Generation College Students, Student Financial Aid, Cultural Relevance
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Putulowski, Joe R.; Crosby, Robert G., III – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
Social isolation among online college students may be a key contributor to the higher attrition rates reported by online universities relative to traditional institutions. This experiment investigated the effects of instructor-student communication on online students' self-reported social integration with faculty, institutional commitment, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Electronic Mail, Synchronous Communication, Online Courses
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Everett, Michele C. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
This article reports on an exploratory study that investigated the use of student drawings as a visual research method to understand the first-year experience. A total of 31 undeclared students enrolled in a first-year seminar participated in the study. Data generated from pre- and postdrawings of students' first semester paths were analyzed to…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Student Experience, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars
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Farruggia, Susan P.; Han, Cheon-woo; Watson, Lakeshia; Moss, Thomas P.; Bottoms, Bette L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Farrington and colleagues developed a model that contends that academic mindsets, academic perseverance, learning strategies, social skills, and academic behaviors affect academic success. This study tests a modified version of this model with first-year students (n = 1,603) at a large, ethnically diverse, urban university. The hypothesized…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
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Alschuler, Mari; Yarab, Jessica – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Student veterans face many challenges when transitioning to college. This two-phase study first examined their retention and persistence through the use of archival data at one Midwestern public university. Results indicated a 50% graduation rate, comparable to the national average and above that for nonveterans at the same university. The second,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Veterans, Prevention, Student Attrition
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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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Xu, Yonghong Jade – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
In this study, an online survey was constructed based on the extant literature on college student success. The survey was used to collect data from a sample of college students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors in order to examine their learning experiences and to identify the factors that may influence their persistence…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), Academic Persistence, Online Surveys
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Roland, Nathalie; Frenay, Mariane; Boudrenghien, Gentiane – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
High drop-out rates among first-year university students have led many researchers to attempt to gain a better understanding of academic persistence. However, despite this extensive literature, only a few studies have taken normative factors into account. These normative factors may be an essential factor of influence for persistence as it is…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Behavior Theories, College Freshmen, Behavior Standards
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Thompson-Ebanks, Valerie – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
This qualitative study examines the experiences of former nontraditional-age students with depression and reasons that led them to leave college prematurely. Constant comparative methods were used to illuminate themes within and across participants' stories. The findings showcase eight complex interlocking factors that these former students…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Nontraditional Students, Depression (Psychology), Dropouts
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Gansemer-Topf, Ann M.; Kollasch, Aurelia; Sun, Jie – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
Improving student persistence, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, continues to be at the forefront of national educational policy discussions. Living in university housing, with its focus specifically on assisting students in transition, has consistently been positively related to student persistence.…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Academic Persistence, On Campus Students, College Freshmen
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Martin, Jason M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
First-year college student retention is important to colleges and universities, as well as beyond academia. An analysis was conduced of emergent themes and subthemes from 144 nonreturning students' stories about school and about home throughout their first-year experience. These students wrote more negative stories about school-related events than…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Academic Persistence, Student Attitudes, Student Experience
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Tinto, Vincent – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
For years, our prevailing view of student retention has been shaped by theories that view student retention through the lens of institutional action and ask what institutions can do to retain their students. Students, however, do not seek to be retained. They seek to persist. The two perspectives, though necessarily related, are not the same.…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
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