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Fong, Carlton J.; Acee, Taylor W.; Weinstein, Claire Ellen – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Given low rates of student retention in community colleges, there has been growing interest in understanding characteristics that put students at-risk and that serve to buffer against academic difficulty. In particular, research on student success has focused on demographic predictors that are difficult to change, whereas motivational…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Student Motivation, Goal Orientation
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Ruud, Collin M.; Saclarides, Evthokia S.; George-Jackson, Casey E.; Lubienski, Sarah T. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This exploratory mixed-methods study examines factors contributing to doctoral students' consideration of departure from their graduate programs with comparisons made by sex and affiliation with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs. Logistic regression and qualitative analyses point to the importance of strong…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Potential Dropouts, STEM Education
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Xu, Yonghong Jade; Webber, Karen L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Theoretically grounded in Tinto's model of retention and Braxton and colleagues' revisions , this study is designed to examine the applicability of the integration model to students of different racial backgrounds. Results from a sample of full-time undergraduate students at a research-extensive university suggest that (a) academic and social…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Student Diversity
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Zerquera, Desiree D.; Ziskin, Mary; Torres, Vasti – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Faculty serve as a primary point of contact for students in college, playing vital roles in students' retention and attainment. The perceptions and beliefs held by these institutional actors are important for understanding the context that shapes students' experiences while they are in college and potentially, long after they leave. The purpose of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, College Students
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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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Wilson, Steffen P.; Gore, Jonathan S.; Renfro, Amanda; Blake, Marion; Muncie, Eric; Treadway, Jodi – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The purpose of the studies reported here was to test the hypothesis that college students from cultures that emphasize strong family ties experience familial tethering or a pull to remain connected to home, which then has negative consequences on the student's ability to connect to and succeed at the university. In Study 1, it was found that…
Descriptors: Geographic Regions, Family School Relationship, Correlation, Hypothesis Testing
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Covarrubias, Rebecca; Gallimore, Ronald; Okagaki, Lynn – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
At many higher education institutions, admissions decisions often rely on standardized test scores and high school grades; yet, they are less reliable predictors for applicants falling slightly below cutoff points, what we call borderline applicants. Since borderline applicants are often from underrepresented backgrounds and diverted to 2-year…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Applicants, Transitional Programs, Disproportionate Representation
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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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Drago, Anthony; Rheinheimer, David C.; Detweiler, Thomas N. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This study investigated the connection between locus of control (LOC), academic self-efficacy (ASE), and academic performance, and whether these variables are affected by tutoring. Additional variables of interest, including gender, students' Pell Grant status, ethnicity, and class size, were also considered for the research models. The population…
Descriptors: Locus of Control, Self Efficacy, Tutoring, Academic Achievement
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Hughes, Amber N.; Gibbons, Melinda M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the career development of underprepared college students using relational career theory. Specifically, the constructs of family influence, locus of control, and career decision-making self-efficacy were explored as they relate to perceived success in college. Significant correlations between external locus…
Descriptors: Career Development, College Students, Locus of Control, Career Choice
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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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Knight, William; Wessel, Roger D.; Markle, Larry – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The study sought to determine whether students with disabilities are disadvantaged because of state and institutional performance-based policies providing incentives for 4-year graduation. In a longitudinal study of 32,187 students at a Midwestern Research University, the retention and graduation rates, and mean years to graduation, of students…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Academic Persistence, Disadvantaged, State Policy
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Glenn, Cynthia Wheatley – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
For learners to actively accept responsibility in a virtual classroom platform, it is necessary to provide special motivation extending across the traditional classroom setting into asynchronous online learning. This article explores specific ways to do this that bridge the gap between ground and online students' learning experiences, and how…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Southwell, Kenona H.; Whiteman, Shawn D.; MacDermid Wadsworth, Shelley M.; Barry, Adam E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Grounded in research and theory on college student retention, this study assessed differences in the use of various university services and the influence of key personnel on retention-related outcomes of student service members or veterans (SSM/Vs) compared with civilian students. Participants included 386 students, 199 (154 male, 45 female) of…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Military Personnel, Veterans Education, College Students
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