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ERIC Number: ED528166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-2
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Differing Gender Characteristics and Associated Needs and College Student Retention
Butterfield, Rex M.; Pemberton, Cynthia Lee A.
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The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between religiosity and undergraduate student retention at Idaho State University (ISU). With only 50% of college students consistently persisting to graduation, attrition is a problem that plagues colleges and universities. Research shows that students who are more integrated in education (both in and out of class) are more likely to remain enrolled. For this study, religious involvement was examined as an avenue of educational integration. Data for this study were obtained from 103 respondents to mail surveys. Factor analysis revealed three useable factors regarding religious attitudes and behaviors. These factors were analyzed along with demographic variables to explore the relationship between religiosity and retention. The demographic analysis showed that the sample was representative of the ISU undergraduate student population. Although statistically significant differences based on demographics in terms of enrollment were not found, significant differences were noted between males and females across some enrollment related demographic variables. These differences were largely associated with heavier familial responsibilities borne by the female respondents, and are the focus of this paper, providing important evidence-based insights regarding gender-specific student characteristics and associated needs. (Contains 8 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho