ERIC Number: ED418615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Freshmen Retention at Boise State University.
Belcheir, Marcia J.
This study sought to predict first-term grade point average (GPA), spring reenrollment, and enrollment one year later for 235 new freshmen students at Boise State University (BSU) in Idaho. Data included a wide variety of academic and personal information gathered from two surveys at the beginning and the end of fall term of 1995. The study found that reenrollment next semester and one year later was best predicted by first-term GPA, and that first-term GPA was best predicted by the BSU admissions index score. The second most significant predictor was the number of conversations held with faculty, with more conversations related to higher GPAs. Contrary to national findings, minority group students were more likely to be enrolled one year later than their nonminority counterparts. A number of variables which initially showed statistical significance, such as age and admissions status, were no longer significant when other variables were added to the analysis. A number of variables that were expected to show significant effects did not, such as employment, having responsibility for children or parents, living on campus, and gender. Three appendixes provide copies of the survey questionnaires, factors related to academic success, and coding responses. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.