ERIC Number: ED241089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating the Impact of Freshmen Orientation on Student Persistence and Academic Performance. Applied Educational Research and Evaluation.
Jones, Steven Wayne
A study was conducted at Phillips County Community College (PCCC) to analyze the impact of freshman orientation classes on students' persistence and academic performance. The participants in the study were all first-time, full-time freshmen who entered PCCC during the fall 1982, spring 1983, or fall 1983 semesters. During the registration process, students were encouraged to enroll in an 8-week orientation class that included information on academic policies, college regulations, career counseling and testing, placement, financial aid, student services, and study skills. Performance and persistence data were analyzed for an experimental group of 337 students who successfully completed the orientation class and for a control group of 433 students who either did not enroll in or did not complete the class. Study findings revealed that: (1 ) 79.7% of the experimental group had been retained at the end of one semester, compared to 43.1% of the control group; (2) at the end of one academic year, 45.3% of the fall 1982 experimental group had been retained, compared to 23.2% of the control group; (3) the combined first semester mean grade point average for the experimental group was 2.28, compared to 1.72 for the control group. Based on study findings, increased efforts to enroll freshmen in orientation classes, improvement in the consistency of those classes, and promotion of the classes among faculty and staff were recommended. A review of the literature, a bibliography, and the orientation class syllabus are included in the report. (HB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Phillips County Community College AR
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.