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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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Lake, Erinn D.; Koper, Jordan; Balayan, Ariana; Lynch, Lian – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The purpose of this article is to examine student retention rates and graduation among a doctoral program at a Mid-Atlantic institution. This qualitative study found that faculty encouragement, self-motivation, the cohort model, and the structure of this program contributed to its success. The authors recommend a universal model of retention, as…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Qualitative Research
Yomtov, Dani; Plunkett, Scott W.; Efrat, Rafi; Marin, Adriana Garcia – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
The effectiveness of a peer-mentoring program was examined at a university in California. Previous studies suggest university peer mentoring might increase students' feelings of engagement, which can contribute to their retention. Pretest and posttest data were collected from 304 freshmen (mentored and nonmentored) during the fall of 2012 in a…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Mentors, Peer Teaching, Pretests Posttests
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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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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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Miller, John W.; Lesik, Sally S. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
Retention and graduation rates of an entire cohort of 1,913 first-time full-time college students are analyzed. The effects of participation in a first year experience (FYE) course and of entry level academic preparation (ELAP) on retention and graduation are examined, both descriptively and with discrete-time survival analyses. Although…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Academic Persistence, First Year Seminars, School Holding Power
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Xu, Yonghong Jade – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
Structured within an expanded econometric theoretical framework, this study uses national data sources to identify the critical factors that influence college graduates' advance to and persistence in graduate education and to compare the systematic differences between students in the STEM and non-STEM majors. The findings indicate that there is a…
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Performance Factors, Achievement Need, Graduate Study
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Atuahene, Francis – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
African universities over the past decade have developed new modes of financial mobilization in search for fiscal solutions to the declining public support for higher education. The creation of the "tuition-paying" ("dual track" or "fee-paying") admission track policy, a variant of cost sharing, is one of such…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Foreign Countries, Accounting
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Campbell, Corbin M.; Mislevy, Jessica L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Along with the massification of higher education and increasing costs, the pressure on institutions to retain all students to degree completion has been mounting. Early identification of students who are at risk of leaving an institution may help institutions to target and retain these students. This study investigated whether freshmen behaviors,…
Descriptors: Identification, At Risk Students, School Holding Power, Enrollment
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Jenicke, Lawrence O.; Holmes, Monica C.; Pisani, Michael J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Student retention in higher education is a major issue as academic institutions compete for fewer students and face declining enrollments. A conceptual model of applying the quality improvement methodology of Six Sigma to the problem of undergraduate student retention in a college of business is presented. Improvement techniques such as cause and…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Undergraduate Students, Business Administration Education
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Lillis, Michael P. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2012
This article examines the relationship between student-faculty interactions and student dropout intentions. It develops an integrative model that posits that the association between the frequency of student-faculty interactions and a student's intent to stay in college is positive, and becomes more positive as faculty emotional intelligence…
Descriptors: College Students, Dropout Research, Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
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Delen, Dursun – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2012
Affecting university rankings, school reputation, and financial well-being, student retention has become one of the most important measures of success for higher education institutions. From the institutional perspective, improving student retention starts with a thorough understanding of the causes behind the attrition. Such an understanding is…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Attrition, School Holding Power, Prediction
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Butterfield, Rex M.; Pemberton, Cynthia Lee A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between religiosity and retention at Idaho State University (ISU). Attrition is a problem that has, and continues to plague higher education. Research shows that students who are more integrated in education (both in and out of class) are more likely to remain enrolled. For this study,…
Descriptors: Mail Surveys, Factor Analysis, Performance Factors, Beliefs
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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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Jones, Willis A.; Braxton, John M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2010
College student retention has been and continues to be one of the most important issues facing the higher education community. Despite this importance, little is known about the type and methodological rigor of institutional efforts to increase student retention. This article presents the findings of a study which attempted to gain a clearer…
Descriptors: Higher Education, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Dropout Research
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