ERIC Number: EJ1000503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
The Fourth-Year Experience: Impediments to Degree Completion
Donhardt, G. L.
Innovative Higher Education, v38 n3 p207-221 Jun 2013
Undergraduates who persevere to the fourth year of their academic careers have invested a great deal of time, effort, and financial resources in their education. In spite of the effort, many do not succeed in graduating. Students from an entering class of first-time, full time freshmen from a large urban university were tracked through their undergraduate careers in an "ex post facto" study in search of correlates to degree completion. Stopping out, taking developmental classes, receiving an F, dropping to part time, and withdrawing from classes were all associated with failing to complete for students still enrolled in their fourth year.
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Careers, College Freshmen, Undergraduate Students, Urban Universities, Higher Education, College Students, Educational Attainment, Graduation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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