ERIC Number: EJ1076250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Great Expectations: Examining the Discrepancy between Expectations and Experiences on College Student Retention
Pleitz, Jacob D.; MacDougall, Alexandra E.; Terry, Robert A.; Buckley, M. Ronald; Campbell, Nicole J.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v17 n1 p88-104 May 2015
The purpose of this article is to build upon previous efforts evaluating the degree to which the discrepancy between student expectations and experiences can result in greater rates of attrition in education. Data were collected from 225 students at a large Midwestern public university and analyzed to assess the discrepancy between expectations and experiences within academic and social domains of higher education. Factor analysis affirmed the hypothesized structure of the responses, and logistic regression results indicated that discrepancies in expectations and experience within social and institutional domains significantly predicted student satisfaction and retention in the second year. An implication of the research is that institutions of higher education may benefit from training students to inculcate more realistic expectations within the institutional and social domains of higher education.
Descriptors: College Students, Academic Persistence, Student Educational Objectives, Expectation, Student Experience, Factor Analysis, Regression (Statistics), Participant Satisfaction, Predictor Variables, Student Behavior, Likert Scales, Grade Point Average, Attribution Theory, Behavior Theories, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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