ERIC Number: EJ1077892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
The Career Course as a Factor in College Graduation
Reardon, Robert C.; Melvin, Brittany; McClain, Mary-Catherine; Peterson, Gary W.; Bowman, William J.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v17 n3 p336-350 Nov 2015
Conducting research and engaging in discussions with administrators and legislators can be important contributions toward alleviating the trend toward lower graduation rates among college students. This study used archival data obtained from the university registrar to examine how engagement in a credit-bearing undergraduate career course related to college graduation from a selective southern university. Results suggested that the course was one of four factors predicting graduation rates, including grade point average, changes in major, and withdrawals. The study also found that traditional measures, SAT scores and high school grades, did not effectively predict graduation rates. Implications for best practices in student services and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Student Records, Prediction, Predictive Validity, Career Education, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Career Planning, Undergraduate Students, Data Analysis, Cohort Analysis, Models, Outcome Measures, Grade Point Average, Majors (Students), Withdrawal (Education), Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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