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ERIC Number: ED563667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 168
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-4212-1
First-to-Second-Year Undergraduate Student Retention at a Small Midwest Four-Year Liberal Arts College
Sunleaf, Arthur W.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Edgewood College
The purpose of this study was to identify variables that influenced first-year retention at a small, private, and Midwestern liberal arts college. A survey was administered to first-year students; factor analysis of the data produced variables representing academic and social integration as well as perceptions of institutional support. Regression analysis estimated effects of factor variables on departure decisions and some regression equations explained more than 50 percent of the variance. Variables representing quality of students' personal relationships and social community fit had large and statistically significant coefficients in most or all regressions. The most important academic integration factor was academic performance, which included anticipated GPA, academic performance compared to expectations, and other academic performance indicators. The policy implications were to provide an interactive academic setting and maximize student achievement, and develop more ways for students to interact with each other so that they build strong peer relationships. [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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