ERIC Number: EJ1076247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
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.
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, College Readiness, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Interviews, Questionnaires, Academic Probation, College Freshmen, Academic Persistence, Self Efficacy, Student Attrition, Locus of Control, Academic Ability, Grade Point Average, Attribution Theory, Achievement Need, Student Attitudes, Pretests Posttests
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