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ERIC Number: ED532615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 74
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-6081-0
Faculty-Student Interaction and Advising: An Exploratory Analysis of Non-Returning Second-Year Students at a Public Research University
Castro, Selena M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Washington State University
The purpose of this study was to examine whether few or negative interactions between second-year students and faculty are factors considered for students who choose not to return to the university. Data were collected from non-returning students to determine reasons for their attrition. Emphasis was placed on second-to-third-year students and three factors for not returning: unsatisfying interactions with faculty, too little interaction with faculty, and poor academic advising. Demographic variables were also examined that included ethnicity and gender. This study used a theoretical approach to examine factors associated with student-faculty interaction and attrition. The theoretical framework of transition theory was used to explore factors of attrition. The instrument is comprised of 25 factors using a three item scale of major reasons for not returning, minor reason for not returning, and not a reason for not returning. This study found no statistically significant correlations between second-year students and student-faculty interaction as reasons for not returning to the university. There were, however, statistically significant between-group differences found with juniors, indicating poor academic advising as a reason for not returning. In addition, significant between-group differences were found for international and female students, indicating unsatisfying interactions with faculty as a reason for not returning. Although not significant, there were compelling trends found that indicate unsatisfactory experiences with advising and interactions with faculty that are worth exploring in future studies. [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
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Language: English
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