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ERIC Number: ED558412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 87
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-4325-7
The Influence of a Career Exploration Course on New First-Time Student Retention at a Public Midwest Community College
French, Brenda F.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
The purpose of this study was to examine whether a relationship exists between new first- time students enrolled in a career exploration course and retention during the academic years of 2009 to 2011 at a public Midwest community college. Change of major after the first semester was also investigated. The study utilized quantitative, archival data and Chi-square test of independence for statistical analysis of the variables. Previous research indicated career exploration had a relationship with student retention, especially among undecided freshmen students. The findings of this study are consistent with prior research. The results showed new first-time students enrolled in a career exploration course retained enrollment at higher rates than students not enroll in the course. This study did not show a statistical significant relationship between change of major after first semester and a career exploration course. The study has implications for addressing challenges of student attrition and retention at community colleges. [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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