ERIC Number: ED465333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Predicting Academic Performance and Retention of Private University Freshmen in Need of Developmental Education.
Snyder, Vivian; Hackett, Rachelle Kisst; Stewart, Mark; Smith, Douglas
This study examined the academic success and retention of first-year college students at a small private university to determine which variables (among the following: gender, high school grade point average (GPA), Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) verbal and quantitative scores, and indicators of placement into developmental courses) were predictive of three outcomes: (1) academic achievement during the freshman year; (2) retention to the second year; and (3) the combination of retention and university GPA greater than or equal to 2.5. Results for 666 students in 3 years confirm the findings of other studies, in which GPA at the end of the first year is associated with gender, high school GPA, and verbal and quantitative SAT scores; however, the type of skills development needed by the student--a course in reading, writing or mathematics--was not predictive of academic achievement or retention. These findings are discussed in light of the developmental program offered at the institution. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables, and 22 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).