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ERIC Number: ED259595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-5
Pages: 13
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Factors Associated with Retention and Attrition: A Follow-up of Students Who Entered Montana State in September, 1979.
Groseth, Rolf; Brigham, Ralph
The effect of college orientation experiences on student grade point average (GPA) and persistence toward the degree was studied at Montana State University. Two groups of students were compared: 131 students who attended a 3-day orientation during the summer before their freshman year, and 97 freshmen who attended large group sessions just before the beginning of fall classes. Information was collected on: high school GPA, class size, rank in class, American College Testing Program scores, college credits carried and earned, college GPA, time of graduation, and degree. As a group, the students who attended the extended summer orientation program exceeded their predicted GPA by .38, while those who attended the large fall group sessions fell short of their predicted GPA by .06. The school lost 5 percent of the summer orientation students after the first quarter, compared to 15 percent of the fall group. Seventy-three percent of the summer orientation group and 55 percent of the fall group returned for the second year. Finally, a greater percentage of summer than fall orientation students graduated. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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