ERIC Number: ED188529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Greater Retention: Key for the 80's. Teaching-Learning Issues, No. 42, Winter 1980.
Research and programs concerning college student retention are considered. Based on research studies, reasons why students depart prior to graduation are examined. The literature about corrective actions that can be taken and University of Tennessee data about student retention are discussed. A recent study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, examined the retention, attrition, and graduation patterns of over 17,000 in-state freshmen admitted from 1968 through 1973. Females tended to graduate earlier or on schedule more frequently than men, as did students enrolled in the colleges of liberal arts and education. The relationship between student retention and American College Testing scores, grade point average, and other variables was assessed. Two programs aimed at retention at the University of Tennessee are a course centering around study skills, career planning, and selection of a major, and a program in which experienced students volunteer to become big brothers and sisters to incoming freshmen. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville.