ERIC Number: ED261122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Maximizing Retention Rates in Collegiate Programs for Disadvantaged Students.
Walters, John; Marcus, Laurence R.
Eight New Jersey State colleges which shared essentially the same goals and offered similar financial aid packages were studied in order to determine the relationship between persistence rates of disadvantaged students in opportunity programs and the role of faculty in such programs. Student data were provided by New Jersey's Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) and covered students entering EOF programs as freshmen in summer 1980 and on through fall 1982. Information about the programs (admission criteria, administration, faculty role, institutional commitment to the program, program operation and services, and program directors' opinions about bars to retention and ways of improving retention) was obtained through indepth interviews with program directors. Examination of student and program data in terms of four quantifiable factors generally assumed to be related to retention--level of prior preparation, appropriate remediation, adequate counseling, and adequate tutoring--showed no direct relationship between these variables and retention rates. It is concluded that there is evidence to indicate that the crucial factor in retention is faculty involvement, and that retention rates can be improved if the college's faculty become integrally involved in the policy development, curriculum planning, instruction, and non-classroom operation of the programs supporting disadvantaged students. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey