ERIC Number: ED290973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Diagnostic and Prescriptive Interviews with Undecided Freshmen in Academic Jeopardy. Research Report #9-87.
Bland, Vivian; And Others
In the spring semester of 1984, 45 full-time second semester freshmen at the University of Maryland, College Park whose first semester grade point averages were less than 2.0 and who had not yet declared a major participated in a modified replication of a diagnostic and prescriptive interview program. By means of one (N=25) or two (N=20) interviews with Academic Advisement Center staff, this program aimed 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 low achievement from recurring. Although the findings for the single-interview format were minimal when compared to a nontreatment control group, the effect size patterns of the two-interview format for the outcome variable, persistence in good standing, were moderate. Considering the modest nature of the treatment, the results, while not reaching statistical significance, were encouraging, as the practical importance of retention interventions with respect to the academic well-being of motivated students and to the effectiveness of the university cannot be overestimated. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.