ERIC Number: ED468397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Staying in College: Student Services and Freshman Retention at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Hutto, Claude P.; Fenwick, Leslie T.
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), like most other higher education institutions, suffer from attrition problems. This study reveals that there are several ways to improve retention rates at HBCUs. More than 1,000 freshmen at 3 HBCUs were surveyed about the availability and quality of student services, specifically in the areas of enrollment management, financial assistance, residence life, extracurricular activities, counseling services, and academic support services. The research findings presented here provide empirical support that there are significant relationships between the students perceptions of the quality and availability of student services and freshman retention. Results indicate that privately funded HBCUs have an opportunity to correct retention problems that confront them by strengthening the quality of student services. (Contains 111 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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