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ERIC Number: ED531727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
An Examination of Master's Student Retention & Completion
Barry, Melissa; Mathies, Charles
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1), Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (51st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 21-25, 2011)
This study was conducted at a research-extensive public university in the southeastern United States. It examined the retention and completion of master's degree students across numerous disciplines. Results were derived from a series of descriptive statistics, T-tests, and a series of binary logistic regression models. The findings from binary logistic regression models indicate that standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE) did not affect graduation and impacted retention only for GMAT majors. Students who were full-time were much more likely to be retained and graduate than part-time students. Receiving an assistantship or fellowship impacted the speed of graduation of students, but not the overall ability of a student to graduate within three years. For GMAT students, students who received an assistantship or fellowship were more likely to graduate in two years or less. For GRE majors, students who received an assistantship or fellowship were less likely to graduate in two years or less. However, all of the influence of receiving an assistantship or a fellowship on graduation went away in the graduation in three years or less models (for both the GRE and GMAT majors). For GRE students only, the age of students at the start of their program negatively impacted graduation in both the two years or less and three years or less graduation models, (i.e., the older the student is at the start of their program, the less likely they were to graduate). (Contains 6 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research
Identifiers - Location: United States
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