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ERIC Number: ED410774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 38
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Comparing Retention Factors for Anglo, Black, and Hispanic Students.
Johnson, Margaret M.; Molnar, David
This study examined differences and similarities in first-year college retention among Anglo, Black, and Hispanic students. Data were gathered on nearly 3,000 new undergraduate students who entered Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, between 1991 and 1995, including full-time, part-time, and transfer students. Data included demographic information, standardized test scores, academic performance at previous institutions, and academic performance at Barry University. The students also completed two surveys during their first year on their subjective experiences at the university. The study found that first-year grade point average (GPA) had a far greater impact on the odds of retention than any other factor, contributing 81 percent to a predictive model of retention. Taken together, variables interacting with ethnicity or citizenship contributed less than seven percent to the retention model. It was also found that Black students had 50 percent greater odds of persistence assuming all other factors being equal. Only Black and Hispanic students' GPAs were affected by satisfaction with opportunities for academic help outside of class, while concerns about financial difficulties affected persistence only for resident aliens, regardless of ethnicity. (Contains 45 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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