ERIC Number: ED309690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-31
Reference Count: N/A
Data-Driven Retention Research: Using Institutional Research To Inform Institutional Practice.
McJamerson, Evangeline McConnell; Larke, Patricia James
Topics and trends in literature providing a context for the present crisis in minority student retention are explored, noting a need for data-driven institutional research. Parts of a case study at a major public institution are presented. The study examined Black and Hispanic undergraduate student attrition at a White research institute to: identify the overall participation trends for four successive cohorts of Black, Hispanic, and White first-time full-time undergraduates; assess perceptions of persisting and nonpersisting Black and Hispanic undergraduates as to their satisfaction with institutional environment; develop race/gender profiles of such students; and test the applicability of the interaction theoretical framework for Black and Hispanic student participation and experiences. Findings include: incremental increases in Black and Hispanic enrollment have done little to improve overall participation; the pattern of high first-year nonpersistence reflects the national trend for nonpersisters irrespective of race/ethnicity; and without more active institutional efforts to achieve full academic and social integration of Blacks and Hispanics into the university the enrollment-nonpersistence cycle will continue. Fourteen recommendations include: establish a 2-year retention task force; fund, develop, and staff an academic support services center; and hire more Black and Hispanic academic advisors. Nine tables and five graphs are included. Contains 42 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).