ERIC Number: ED414841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-14
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation and Dissemination of an Undergraduate Program To Improve Retention of At-Risk Students.
This report describes a longitudinal evaluation of an on-going 5-year program at the University of Michigan to improve minority student retention and academic performance. The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) creates research partnerships between first- and second-year students and faculty researchers, and provides peer counseling, workshops in learning skills, and research peer groups. The evaluation compared students in the program with students matched for grade point averages and college entrance examination scores who had applied to the program. Among evaluation findings are: (1) UROP students had an attrition rate 32 percent lower than underrepresented students university-wide; (2) African-American students in UROP showed an attrition rate 51 percent lower than control group students; (3) participation in UROP resulted in grade point averages some 6 percent higher than all students; and (4) UROP appeared to positively affect student self-esteem, coping strategies, learning behaviors, and expectations about academic performance. Individual sections of the report present an executive summary, an overview of the project, and a description of the project's purpose, background and origins, major components, and evaluation/results. Appendices include the UROP brochure, newsletter, and faculty handbook, the survey instruments, and a draft paper titled "Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Partnerships Affect Student Retention" (Biren A. Nagda and others). (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Black Students, College Faculty, College Students, Faculty Advisers, Grade Point Average, Group Counseling, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Intervention, Minority Groups, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Student Research, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Coll. of Literature, Science, and the Arts.