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Boateng, Kwasi; Plopper, Bruce L.; Keith, David M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Previous research confirms that first-semester grade-point average (GPA) is related to college student persistence, retention, and graduation. Thus, it is important to identify factors related to enhancing first-semester GPA. In this study, researchers asked faculty and students in the disciplines of journalism, strategic communication or public…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Grade Point Average, Life Style, Rating Scales
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Arroyo, Andrew T.; Palmer, Robert T.; Maramba, Dina C. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
This qualitative study contributes an original holistic understanding of the perceptions and experiences of non-Black students (e.g., Asian American, Latino, and White) as they matriculate into historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), persist to graduation, and reflect on their experiences as graduates at HBCUs. Findings from this…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Student Experience, Qualitative Research, Asian American Students
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Schademan, Alfred R.; Thompson, Maris R. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Utilizing current research on college readiness as well as the role of cultural agents as a conceptual framework, this qualitative study investigates student and faculty beliefs about readiness and the pedagogical practices that allow instructors to effectively serve as cultural agents for first-generation, low-income students. Three major…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Low Income, First Generation College Students, College Readiness
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Kiser, Michelle; Hammer, Emily E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
This article contributes to the literature addressing the needs of increasing student enrollment and retention across university campuses by identifying programs where progress can be made to improve the student retention rate and increase university enrollment. This article derives from a provisional program that began in the fall of 2009 at a…
Descriptors: Enrollment, School Holding Power, Higher Education, Community Colleges
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Ulmer, Ward; Means, Darris R.; Cawthon, Tony W.; Kristensen, Sheryl A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
This study explores whether performance in remedial English and remedial math is a predictor of success in a college-level introduction English or college-level math class; and whether demographic variables increase the likelihood of remedial English and remedial math as a predictor of success in a college-level introduction English or…
Descriptors: Investigations, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Reading, Remedial Mathematics
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Cramer, Kenneth M.; Sands, Mandy – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
As in most disciplines, the typical introductory class presents topics to students in a linear fashion, beginning (to use psychology as an example) with the history of the field, research methods, brain and neurons, sensation and perception, and so on. This study examined the impact of topic sequence on student achievement. The same professor…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses, Psychology, College Students
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Davidson, J. Cody – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Mathematics is the most common subject area of remedial need and the majority of remedial math students never pass a college-level credit-bearing math class. The majorities of studies that investigate this phenomenon are conducted at community colleges and use some type of regression model; however, none have used a continuation ratio model. The…
Descriptors: Regression (Statistics), Remedial Mathematics, Academic Persistence, Remedial Instruction
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Grier-Reed, Tabitha; Arcinue, Ferdinand; Inman, Evetta – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Comparing retention rates for 91 Black women and 56 Black men who participated in the African American Student Network with 68 women and 36 men who were randomly selected from the population of Black undergraduates at a Midwestern university, we included an analysis of covariance to control for ACT score and first-term grade point average. Results…
Descriptors: Intervention, African American Students, School Holding Power, Undergraduate Students
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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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Ozaki, C. Casey – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
This qualitative study explored the external and internal reasons involved in students' decisions to return to college after an extended absence. Specifically, it sought to explore the role of students' concepts of who they might be (or want to avoid becoming) in the college and career domains of their lives, their possible selves. Analysis of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, College Students, Interviews, Decision Making
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Mosley-Howard, G. Susan; Baldwin, Daryl; Ironstrack, George; Rousmaniere, Kate; Burke, Bobbe – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Some Native American college students, like many college students, engage in a complex process of identity formation that involves discovering their culture. This ongoing identity formation process impacts various aspects of their lives including academic achievement and sense of belonging. This study examined the process of one cohort of Native…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, College Students, School Holding Power, Identification
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Gershenfeld, Susan; Hood, Denice Ward; Zhan, Min – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Academic performance is a primary predictor of college graduation, yet few studies have examined one of the earliest indicators of academic performance--first-semester grade point average (GPA). Given the considerable public and private investment in ensuring access for underrepresented students, a focus on the role of first-semester GPA for these…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Grade Point Average, Predictor Variables, Graduation Rate
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Nalbone, David P.; Kovach, Ronald J.; Fish, Jessica N.; McCoy, Kelsey M.; Jones, Kathryn E.; Wright, Hillary Rawlings – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
The current study investigated the potential role that social networking Web sites (e.g., Facebook) played in creating both actual and virtual learning communities within the first-year seminar. Researchers conducted a 2-year longitudinal study to assess whether students who were connected within a university-founded virtual network persisted in…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Social Media, Web Sites, College Freshmen
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Kopp, Jason P.; Shaw, Emily J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Retention research rarely differentiates between students dismissed from an institution for poor academic performance versus students leaving by choice. As a proxy for studying academic dismissal, this study investigated differences between students leaving college in academic jeopardy after the first year (<2.00 grade point average) and those…
Descriptors: Dropouts, College Students, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power
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Melendez, Mickey C. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
College student adjustment, success, and retention have been a focus of college administrators and student development professionals for decades. However, national college retention and graduation statistics are typically focused on traditional, residential, full-time, college populations. The purpose of the current study was to examine more…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, College Students, Higher Education, Urban Universities
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