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ERIC Number: ED554839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 236
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-1801-9
Improving College Freshman Retention
Yu, Winnie Y.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Southern Connecticut State University
In recent years, access to higher education was greatly improved through public funding. This improvement is not matched by a similar increase in graduation rate. The purpose of this study is to examine what postsecondary institutions can do to improve college freshman retention. The conceptual framework was based on research on college student retention, learning theories, the NSSE model, and freshman programs. This study took place at a New England 4-year public university. Approximately half the freshmen participated in a pilot freshman program whereas the other half did not. This is a longitudinal retrospective panel survey study that examined whether there were significant differences between the two groups in NSSE benchmarks, academic progress indicators, and the NSSE benchmarks in predicting freshman to sophomore year retention. The study results showed that there were significant differences in NSSE benchmarks, academic progress indicators. but only one NSSE benchmark qualified as a weak predictor. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement