ERIC Number: ED278933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Diagnostic and Prescriptive Interviews with Second Semester Freshmen in Academic Jeopardy.
Boyd, Vivian; And Others
In Spring 1983, 124 second semester freshmen at the University of Maryland at College Park whose first semester grade point averages were below minimum requirements for graduation participated in a diagnostic and prescriptive interview program. Participants met with a counseling center staff person to help students first to identify the causes of their poor grades and then to determine which campus resources could be useful to them in preventing similar low achievement from recurring. Students (N=25) who completed an initial interview but did not show for their diagnostic interview were combined with single diagnostic interview students (N=62) for purposes of analysis. Thirty-seven students completed two diagnostic interviews. Students participating in the program were found to persist at somewhat higher rates in subsequent semesters and to do better academically than a comparison group of students (N=50) not participating in the program, although the difference was not statistically significant. These differences were sustained for four semesters after the semester of intervention. These findings encourage further investigation of diagnostic and prescriptive interviews as a method of improving both retention and academic performance of students in academic jeopardy. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.