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ERIC Number: ED516225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 108
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-4815-4
An Analysis of Expenditures on Student Affairs/Services and College Student Retention at Four-Year Colleges and Universities in the United States
Umfress, Jason Walter
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Clemson University
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between expenditures for student affairs / services and college student retention rates. Data reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS) for the 2007-2008 academic year were used. Public and private-not-for-profit institutions in the United States that completed the IPEDS survey we included in the population and analysis. A multiple regression analysis was conducted, controlling for institutional size, institutional control, institutional mission, institutional selectivity, and non-student affairs/services expenditures. The study found that expenditures for student affairs/services were a significant predictor of college student retention rates, even when other important institutional characteristics were controlled. According to the findings, institutional selectivity was discovered to be the strongest predictor of college student retention, followed by expenditures for student affairs/services. Institutional control was found to be the third best indicator for college student retention, and institutional expenditures other than those for student affairs/services were the fourth best predictor. Institutional size and institutional mission were not found to be significant indicators for student retention. Recommendations for theory, research, and practice were discussed based on the results of the study. This study narrowed the scope of previous research, utilized more recent data sources, and accounted for different control variables in an attempt to add to the future construction of a conceptual model of the relationship among institutional expenditures and student outcomes. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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