ERIC Number: ED311328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Diagnostic and Prescriptive Group Interviews for Nonfreshmen in Academic Jeopardy. Research Report #10-89.
Boyd, Vivian; And Others
Many at-risk students fail to avail themselves of the resources provided for them by their universities. In the interest of academic retention, colleges and universities are taking an increasingly proactive stance and contacting at-risk students to offer them specific services. This study compared retention rates of at-risk college students (N=65) to whom assistance materials were mailed, at-risk students (N=60) who attended one workshop session in which the materials were given out, at-risk students (N=14) who attended two workshop sessions, and a comparison control group of at-risk students (N=49). All of the students were undergraduates above the freshman level. Materials provided included a checklist of causes of poor grades and a resource manual which described resources available on campus to help students overcome problems. The results indicated that students in the three treatment groups had higher retention rates than students in the control group. There was a slight tendency for the rates of persistence in good standing to be higher for the treatment groups than for the control group. The findings suggest the diagnostic and prescriptive workshop may be more effective for freshmen and sophomores than for upperclassmen since freshmen and sophomores have more semesters in which to make academic improvement. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.