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ERIC Number: ED549832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 107
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-0951-8
Retention of First Year Community College Students
Windham, Melissa H.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Regent University
Although close to half of all community college students leave before obtaining their stated goals, most retention studies are still being conducted at the four-year college and university level. There is still little research conducted at the community college level. In order to determine what student characteristics increase community college student retention, with a heightened interest on the predictive nature of taking a student success course, a post-facto quasi-experimental study was conducted to determine whether or not participation in a study skills course effects retention at a southeast community college. Results indicate that successful completion of a study skills course increases fall-to-fall retention for students who enroll in the institution with an ACT COMPASSĀ® score from those who do not participate in a study skills course. Results also show that ethnicity/race and socio-economic status were not significant factors of retention, but that gender, age and ACT COMPASSĀ® Reading score significantly predict student retention. Recommendations for researchers and community college administrators and counselors are discussed. [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 - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; COMPASS (Computer Assisted Test)