ERIC Number: ED419553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
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A Comparison of Retention Rates between Students Who Took the Student Development Seminar and Students Who Did Not, at Tunxis Community-Technical College.
Miner, Nanette J.
This study compares the retention rates between students at Tunxis Community-Technical Colleges who took the student development seminar and those who did not. Implemented in fall 1997, the seminar orients new students to the college experience, attempting to increase retention rates. In order to conduct the study, a review of the literature was conducted to identify preparatory seminar and workshop results at other institutions, and retention rates attained. Historical retention rates for Tunxis Community-Technical College also were compiled to serve as a comparison/base mark. Two sample groups, one group that took the seminar and one group chosen by random selection, of 45 students per group, were extracted from the fall 1997 enrollment records and compared with enrollment records for the spring 1998 semester. The results, analyzed by means of a Chi Square test, determined there was no difference in re-enrollment rates between the two groups of students. Despite the null hypothesis, the student development seminar will be continued for another semester to obtain a more longitudinal perspective. Appendix includes seminar syllabus. (Contains 20 references.)(YKH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Practicum report, Nova Southwestern University.