ERIC Number: ED035379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-15
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A Study to Develop Living Area Activities Designed to Improve the Retention Ratio of Potential Student Dropouts. Final Report.
Stegman, Wilbur N.
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of various activities designed to retain dropout-prone college students at Southwest Missouri State College through the use of experimental grouping and the development of counseling and guidance activities for these students. One hundred forty potential dropouts were selected from the 1968 entering freshman class and half were placed in sample groups and half in control groups. Assigned to special residence halls, the sample groups were provided with graduate research assistants responsible for conducting certain activities and providing special services designed to prevent college withdrawal. The activities and services included academic advisement and tutoring, personal guidance and counseling, and social and economic assistance when necessary. Activities were conducted on an individual and group basis. After one year, the results indicated a significantly higher (beyond 95% confidence) rate of retention for the sample students as compared to their control counterparts. Grade point averages for the sample students were also substantially higher, although not statistically significant. It is recommended that the program be combined with the counselor preparation program and enlarged to include all freshmen. (DS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Missouri State Univ., Springfield.