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ERIC Number: ED566438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 155
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3394-4373-7
The Relationship of High School Type to Persistence and Grade Point Average of First-Year Students at Faith-Based Liberal Arts Colleges
Litscher, Kenneth Michael
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Union University
Based on previous research, there are several student characteristics that have been identified to affect academic success of first-year students in college. However, there are few studies that examine if the type of high school (public, private faith-based, private secular, or homeschool) from which a student graduates affects grade point average or persistence at faith-based colleges. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to identify several precollege demographic and academic variables that have been tied to persistence in order to determine if high school type had any significant effect on grade point average or persistence at faith-based colleges. The sample group was composed of 610 first-time freshman students during the fall 2012 semester from three institutions that were members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Demographic information (gender, ethnicity, finances, parents' education, religion, and high school type) was provided through student responses to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey. Academic information (high school grade point average, ACT/SAT score, first-year grade point average, and persistence) was compared to these responses in order to run regression analyses with first-year grade point average and persistence as the dependent variables. Findings indicated that high school grade point average and ACT score were significantly positively related to first-year grade point average while graduating from a public school was significantly negatively related with first-year grade point average. High school grade point average, having no student loans, and being a member of the majority Christian denomination of the university were significantly positively related to persistence, while being a member of a Christian denomination that is a small minority on campus had a negative relationship to persistence. Further research examining why these variables negatively affected academic success would allow institutions to develop tailored interventions to students with these characteristics. [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; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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