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ERIC Number: ED429471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 13
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Effect of Introductory Counseling Course on Retention Rates.
O'Phelan, Mary Hall; Fulkerson, James
This study examined the effects of an introductory counseling course on retention rates of students at Western Kentucky University (WKU). Rates of graduation after 4, 5, and 6 years for 400 freshmen and 474 sophomores enrolled in an academic orientation and preparation course between 1990 and 1994 were compared with WKU and regional rates during the same time frame. It was found that of the 107 freshmen enrolled in the course in 1990, 41.1 percent graduated within 6 years of enrollment, and that of the 101 freshmen enrolled in the course in 1991, 38.6 percent graduated within 6 years. This compares with overall WKU 6-year graduation rates of 39.1 percent in 1990 and 38.8 percent in 1991. Graduation rates for the 32 regional universities in the Southern region, according to "U.S. News College Rankings" (1998), varied from 30 to 59 percent, with a mean of 43.5 percent and a median of 42 percent. Thus the 6-year graduation rates of the freshmen in the study did not differ significantly from university-wide rates, and did not surpass regional rates. Contains 16 references. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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