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Raju, Dheeraj; Schumacker, Randall – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
The study used earliest available student data from a flagship university in the southeast United States to build data mining models like logistic regression with different variable selection methods, decision trees, and neural networks to explore important student characteristics associated with retention leading to graduation. The decision tree…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Academic Persistence
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Jenkins-Guarnieri, Michael A.; Horne, Melissa M.; Wallis, Aaron L.; Rings, Jeffrey A.; Vaughan, Angela L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
In the present study, we conducted a quantitative evaluation of a novel First Year Seminar (FYS) program with a coordinated curriculum implemented at a public, four-year university to assess its potential role in undergraduate student persistence decisions and academic success. Participants were 2,188 first-year students, 342 of whom completed the…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Intervention
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Mattern, Krista D.; Marini, Jessica P.; Shaw, Emily J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
Throughout the college retention literature, there is a recurring theme that students leave college for a variety of reasons making retention a difficult phenomenon to model. In the current study, cluster analysis techniques were employed to investigate whether multiple empirically based profiles of nonreturning students existed to more fully…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Students, Multivariate Analysis, Student Characteristics
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Kiyama, Judy Marquez; Luca, Sandra Guillen – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
Informed by the experiences of former peer mentors, this qualitative study examines the structure of opportunity of a university retention program. Extending the concept of social capital, the study investigates the experiences of students who served as peer mentors, and how their involvement in the retention program has influenced their social…
Descriptors: Mentors, Academic Persistence, Peer Counseling, Coaching (Performance)
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Waddell, Jennifer – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
This article describes an urban teacher education program on a predominantly White campus, in which 71% of the students in the program were students of color. This article details a qualitative study and highlights the structures of support most influential in the retention of students within the program. Findings suggest that a multifaceted…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Minority Group Students, Whites, Urban Schools
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Spruill, Nicklaus; Hirt, Joan; Mo, Yun – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
Men are underrepresented within the ivory tower. When the intersection of race and gender is examined, enrollment gaps widen even further. Currently, more opportunities than ever before are available for African Americans and Hispanics to attend college; however, their rates of attaining a bachelor's degree are significantly lower when compared to…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Males, Academic Persistence, College Graduates
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Marsh, Gregory – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
The purpose of this study was to determine the relative importance of specific student and institutional factors and characteristics on the retention of students at public, 4-year colleges and universities in the United States based on aggregate student cohort and institutional data. The overriding goal of this research was to identify any…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Institutional Characteristics, School Holding Power, College Students
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Bergerson, Amy Aldous; Hotchkins, Bryan K.; Furse, Cynthia – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
College student persistence continues to pose challenges for higher education institutions, despite over 40 years of research. Although persistence is studied from many different angles, the majority of studies examining the causes of and cures for students' departure from college reflect the importance of engagement in the higher education…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, College Students, Academic Persistence, Student Participation
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Letkiewicz, Jodi; Lim, Hanna; Heckman, Stuart; Bartholomae, Suzanne; Fox, Jonathan J.; Montalto, Catherine P. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
This study uses an integrative persistence model to examine college students' expected time-to-degree as a function of sociological and economic factors. The data used in this study are from the 2010 Ohio Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS), a web-based survey of undergraduate college students. Of the students surveyed, 25% indicated that…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Predictor Variables, Predictive Validity, Time to Degree
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Demetriou, Cynthia; Powell, Candice – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
The primary theoretical tradition in the study of college retention has been sociological. A review and synthesis of common themes of development among traditional-age, college students suggests that a developmental perspective on the retention of youth in college may have more to offer than the dominant sociological paradigm. This article argues…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, Student Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Roszkowski, Michael J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
The Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire (SACQ) was administered to first year students during the fifth week of their first semester and then again at the end of the semester. The primary purpose was to examine item-remainder correlations to determine if the items are placed correctly into their respective domains. A secondary aim was to…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Student Adjustment, College Freshmen, Writing Instruction
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Sriram, Rishi – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
This study utilized an experimental pretest-posttest control group design to determine if changing the way academically high-risk college students view intelligence affected their academic effort and achievement when compared to students in a control intervention. Results indicated that students taught to view intelligence as malleable reported…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups, Experimental Groups
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Brown, Tucker; Kenney, Matthew T. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
In this article, the authors discuss a recent study they carried out at a mid-sized state university that used a polling method called deliberative polling. This type of polling differs from conventional polling in that respondents are polled before and after a deliberative session in which they discuss issues based on pertinent and…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Focus Groups, Graduation Rate
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Thomas, Jackie C., Jr.; Wolters, Christopher; Horn, Catherine; Kennedy, Heidi – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
In this study, campus involvement, faculty mentorship, motivational beliefs (self-efficacy and utility value), and sense of belonging were examined as potential predictors of African-American college student academic persistence. Participants (n = 139) in the study were African-American college students from a large-urban university. Separate…
Descriptors: African American Students, College Students, Urban Universities, Academic Persistence
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Hillstock, Laurie G.; Havice, Pamela A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
This study explored pre- and post-admission characteristics of retained first-year students enrolled in non-proximal distance learning programs within public, 2-year colleges. Five pre-admission and six post-admission characteristics were explored. The sample for this study consisted of 197 first-year students enrolled in non-proximal distance…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Characteristics, School Holding Power, Distance Education
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