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ERIC Number: ED406912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Pages: 51
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The Evaluation of Institutional Goals for Freshman Seminar at Mount Vernon Nazarene College.
Bolender, Ronald
This study evaluated the stated and real goals of the freshman seminar course at Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The stated goals for the course, as presented to parents and prospective students, were the enhancement of study skills, strategies for improving grades, and students' overall survival of the college experience, while the real institutional goals were to increase students' grade point averages (GPAs) and improve the retention rate. Information on GPAs and retention were collected on 254 first time freshmen enrolled in the 1990 fall semester, including 122 students who successfully completed the freshman seminar and 132 who did not enroll in or who did not complete the seminar course. It was found that there were no significant differences in the first- through fourth-semester GPAs of the students who completed or who did not complete the freshman seminar. Nor were there significant differences in the retention rates between the two groups. The results of the study raise questions as to the necessity or usefulness of the freshman seminar at Mount Vernon Nazarene College. (Contains 40 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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