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Lesik, Sally A.; Leake, Meg – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
This article describes how a Brier score analysis can be used as an evaluative tool to estimate the predictive accuracy of a course placement policy that was established based on professional or subjective judgment. The policy being evaluated uses the score received on the mathematics portion of the SAT examination as the primary mechanism to…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Curriculum, College Entrance Examinations, College Students
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Daniels, Lisa; Gibson, Neal; Carmack, Patrick; Smith, Trequita – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Today, as many as 25 to 40 percent of students who attend college qualify for some form of remedial education program provided by postsecondary institutions (Kaye, Lord, Bottoms, Presson, & Cornet, 2006). Many colleges and universities view the inclusion of remediation as an integral part of their educational mission. However, the costs of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Remedial Programs, Remedial Instruction, Educational Policy
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Conner, Shanna L.; Daugherty, Douglas A.; Gilmore, Megan N. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
The researchers examined the effect of a course, Introduction to Life Calling (LDR150), on retention and persistence to graduation at a private, Midwestern university. The course emphasizes self-assessment, student-faculty engagement, personal values, and the student's developing sense of Life Calling. The subjects consisted of 3338 students who…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Experimental Groups, Higher Education, Introductory Courses
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Longden, Bernard – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
This article traces recent policy developments relating to full-time undergraduate student retention within the English higher education system. It focuses specifically on the changing government policies and strategies designed to influence institutional behavior to promote widening participation while attending to the student experience and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, School Holding Power
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Aypay, Ahmet; Cekic, Osman; Boyaci, Adnan – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
The purpose of this article is to investigate student perceptions of college departure in three state universities in Turkey. Since the beginning of the 1990s, higher Education System in Turkey went through a massification of higher education. The rapid growth brought enrollment and dropout issues in the system. A total of 58 participants were…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Foreign Countries
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Heuser, Brian L.; Drake, Timothy A.; Owens, Taya L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
By examining the different methods and processes by which national data gathering agencies compile and submit their findings to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the authors (1) assess the methodological challenges of accurately reporting tertiary completion and graduation rates cross-nationally; (2) to examine the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Educational Indicators
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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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Braxton, John M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
This article focuses on the cross-national relevance of theories of college student departure formulated by U.S. scholars. Some aspects of U.S. developed theories of college student departure hold some semblance of cross-national relevance. Economic and sociological perspectives provide such aspects. The weighing of costs and benefits inherent in…
Descriptors: College Students, Graduation Rate, Foreign Countries, Academic Persistence
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Allaf, Carine – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Jordan is viewed as a country of social, political, and economic and advancement. It currently leads the region in literacy rates and is well on its way to achieving gender equity. However, some reports claim that Jordan maintains the widest gender gap in higher education completion in the region while others report that the percentage of females…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Sex Fairness
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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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Bergen-Cico, Dessa; Viscomi, Joe – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
This research examines the relationship between college student attendance at co-curricular programs and GPA. Researchers tracked attendance of two cohorts totaling 3,000+ students through electromagnetic scanning at university-sponsored events. Analysis of GPA by attendance rate clusters revealed that students attending 5-14 events over the…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Academic Achievement, Student Participation, College Freshmen
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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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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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Tampke, Dale R. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Early alert systems offer institutions systematic approaches to identifying and intervening with students exhibiting at-risk behaviors. Many of these systems rely on a common format for student referral to central receiving point. Systems at larger institutions often use web-based technology to allow for a scalable (available campus wide) approach…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Behavior, Identification, At Risk Students
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