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ERIC Number: EJ1076247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Troubled Transitions into College and the Effects of a Small Intervention Course
Mellor, David T.; Brooks, Wesley R.; Gray, Steven A.; Jordan, Rebecca C.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v17 n1 p44-63 May 2015
Student attrition from colleges in the United States is a widespread phenomenon, posing real stresses to students, their families, and to universities. We examined the causes of poor academic performance in students' first semester through interviews and questionnaires and administered a small intervention course to freshmen on academic probation the following semester. This intervention had a modest positive effect on retention and academic self-efficacy but not on locus of control or grade point average. Finally, the 10% lower attrition rate among the students in our Portals to Academic Student Success courses suggests that small-scale interventions can mitigate attrition among students who later prove an ability to continue matriculating.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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