ERIC Number: ED452783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-12
Improving Retention through a Comprehensive Student Development Model.
Johnson, Anne D.; Kreuzer, Paul G.
Lehman College of the City University of New York has begin a 5-year project to improve the retention of first-time, full-time regularly admitted freshmen through the implementation of a student development model. The development of this model is described and the results of some preliminary studies are presented. As part of the project, researchers are testing the seven-stage Kreuzer-Johnson (P. Kreuzer and A. Johnson) Student Development Model and investigating whether a set of defined measures can be used to determine passage through the seven stages of development and to predict attrition or retention. This study focuses on the reliability of the first part of the Student Experience Survey, which will measure attitudes toward the college experience. This instrument is a 50-item questionnaire with Likert scale items that can be divided into 4 10-item subscales to assess attitudes toward specific aspects of the student experience. The pilot of the questionnaire was administered to 340 freshmen in a Freshman Year Initiative program, and the reliability of the total test was found to be 0.81. Item analysis identified 4 flawed items, and the revised survey was administered to 284 students, yielding a total test reliability of 0.89. The next step will be to determine if the survey had predictive validity. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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