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ERIC Number: EJ1109715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1949-6427
Interrogating Reality in Terms of Retention and Student Success at a South Texas University
Bain, Steve F.; Gandy, Rex F.; Golightly, Vivian H.
Journal of Case Studies in Education, v3 Jul 2012
Student retention has become the most significant issue facing American colleges and universities. For the student, retention has everything to do with academic success and the completion of the most lofty of educational goals--the acquiring of a degree. For the educational institution, college, or university, retention impacts federal funding, fiduciary trust, academic status, and outright institutional survival. This paper explores the importance of interrogating reality through surveys designed to measure retention and attrition factors as they pertain to a South Texas institution, namely Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A review of proactive decisions by the university administration will be considered from a preemptive and initial perspective. These decisions will be reviewed in light of their intended impact on student success and degree completion. Both quantitative and qualitative factors related to student retention and attrition will be reviewed. For any institution serious about positive change, an honest and forthright interrogation of reality must be considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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