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ERIC Number: ED546237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 125
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2676-0351-7
Improving Engagement, Satisfaction, and Retention among Associate in Arts Students
Winslow, Jacqueline Kay
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, University of Delaware
This purpose of this executive position paper is to (1) examine how post-transition experiences influence the adjustment of Associate in Arts students (as measured by academic achievement, social involvement, and satisfaction with various aspects of the university experience) to life on a four-year university campus and, (2) apply current literature to these findings to make recommendations for improving the Associate in Arts students' experience at the University of Delaware. The literature focus includes studies on transitioning student populations and the need for student engagement on college campuses. Evidence was collected through both quantitative and qualitative survey questions as well as a focus group. Associate in Arts students responded to 53 survey questions and were offered the opportunity to participate in the focus group. The Traditionally Matriculated Junior sample responded to only 34 relevant survey questions. Findings suggest that Associate in Arts students are an "at-risk" population and are not as engaged in "educationally purposeful activities" as traditionally matriculated juniors (Kuh, 2001). Recommendations, based on findings and literature, include increased staff training on the Associate in Arts program and its students, creation and marketing of an Associate in Arts orientation, development of an Associate in Arts peer-mentorship program, and the call for future assessment efforts to distinguish whether a student matriculated through the Associate in Arts program or not to better track their needs and successes. [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; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Delaware