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ERIC Number: ED556429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 118
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-0455-3
Quantitatively Studying the Relationship between Retention and Completion of an Online Orientation Program
Daniel, Andrea D.
ProQuest LLC, D.B.A. Dissertation, Northcentral University
In 2012, funding for many colleges and universities was determined by the graduation rate at the institutions. The problem that was addressed was a business question that many community college officials must solve as low student success rates measured by retention and student grade point average lead to higher dropout rates. The purpose of this quantitative, non-experimental, comparative study was to use existing data to examine whether or not students who completed a college online orientation program had different rates of retention and grade point average (GPA). The population for the study was a cohort of 1,643 first-time full-time and first-time part-time students at one college. The sample was comprised of the entire group of students who did not complete the program (N = 499) and a group of students (N = 499) who completed the program and were matched to the students who did not complete the program based on the variables of gender, full-time and part-time status, and race and ethnicity. A chi-square test examined average retention rates over a 2-year period for students who did and did not complete the orientation program and found a significant difference for completion, ?[superscript 2](1, N = 499) = 16.28, p < 0.05. A t-test examined average GPA over a 2-year period for students who did and did not complete the orientation program, controlling for race/ethnicity and found a significant difference for completion, t(997) = 94.72, p < 0.05. The findings of this study suggest that online orientation can have a positive influence on student retention rate. Therefore, college administrators may want to make such orientation programs available to students and encourage students to use them. Future research is needed, however, of the effects of online orientation on retention across a wider sample of colleges, universities, students, and time periods. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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