ERIC Number: ED311351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Requiring Students in Freshman English To Participate in Retention-Related Activities. Research Report #14-89.
Boyd, Vivian; And Others
In response to the goal of improving college student retention, it was decided to require students in a freshman English course to participate in activities associated with academic persistence. Students (N=43) selected 3 of 4 retention-related activities in which to participate and recorded their experiences briefly in their course journals. Activities included getting to know a professor outside the classroom setting; experiencing the value of a tutor; experiencing the value of campus leisure activities; and improvement of educational skills. Students (N=41) enrolled in different sections of the course comprised the comparison group. There were no statistically significant differences between the treatment and comparison groups on their rates of either subsequent registration or of their retention in good standing. The results may have been confounded by the approach of the two teaching assistants collaborating in the intervention; one of the teaching assistants was not clear in her instructions and expectations. The most popular retention-related activity was getting to know a professor outside the classroom. Future course-required retention-related activities should be aimed at assisting first-year students' access to academic models and potential mentors. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Note: Prepared by the Counseling Center Retention Study Group.