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ERIC Number: EJ1076278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
The Ecology of Student Retention: Undergraduate Students and the Great Recession
Mendoza, Pilar; Malcolm, Zaria; Parish, Nancy
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v16 n4 p461-485 Feb 2015
This study investigated qualitatively how undergraduate students experienced the Great Recession at a flagship university in the South Eastern of United States and how this experience relates to their retention. Results indicate that the Great Recession has significantly impacted students' engagement and commitments. We argue that student retention is significantly influenced by forces beyond students' immediate surroundings. As such, we offer an ecological model of student retention that embraces the common theoretical understandings of student retention while encompassing macroinfluences at the same time. This study provides deeper understanding of the process of student engagement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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