ERIC Number: EJ1095585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
What Can Alumni Tell Us about Persistence at Commuter Institutions?
Brown, Jennifer L.
College Student Journal, v49 n3 p405-413 Fall 2015
With growing concerns over higher education accountability and diminishing resources, student persistence rates and the reasons why students remain at a post-secondary institution continue to persist. Using the Backward Design Model, the purpose of this observational study was to determine the difference between the pre-college characteristics of the alumni who graduated with their undergraduate degrees from a commuter institution and incoming freshmen who declared a major within the same institution. Using a series of ANOVAs with survey data, the results yielded significant differences between the alumni and incoming freshmen. By using the pre-college characteristics of the alumni to establish a baseline for undergraduate majors, comparisons could be made between incoming freshmen and the alumni and could improve student persistence and graduation rates.
Descriptors: Commuter Colleges, Academic Persistence, Alumni, College Freshmen, Statistical Analysis, Graduate Surveys, Student Surveys, Differences, Student Characteristics, Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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