ERIC Number: EJ1076284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Matters of Success: A Deliberative Polling Approach to the Study of Student Retention
Brown, Tucker; Kenney, Matthew T.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v15 n4 p537-550 Feb 2014
In this article, the authors discuss a recent study they carried out at a mid-sized state university that used a polling method called deliberative polling. This type of polling differs from conventional polling in that respondents are polled before and after a deliberative session in which they discuss issues based on pertinent and empirically-grounded information. This method, it is argued, uncovers observations and insights that could prove valuable to improving university retention and graduation rates.
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Focus Groups, Graduation Rate, Improvement Programs, Educational Practices, Participative Decision Making, Needs Assessment, Student Participation, Student Attitudes, Educational Strategies, Hypothesis Testing, Likert Scales, Scoring Formulas, Academic Advising, First Year Seminars, Required Courses, Brainstorming, Undergraduate Students, Change Strategies, Dropout Prevention, Questionnaires
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