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ERIC Number: EJ1176684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2325-4750
Student Experiences in the Second Year: Advances Strategies for Success beyond the First Year of College
Sterling, Althea J.
Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, v5 n4 p136-149 Jan 2018
Institutions typically invest heavily in the first-year experience to promote persistence, yet colleges are also experiencing a pattern of attrition in the second year. The second year is viewed as a period in which students encounter increasing academic, developmental, and social demands, yet the institution tends to provide less support relative to the first year. Using the interpretative phenomenological approach, this article explores sophomores' perception and understanding of their experience and the intentional approaches institutions can adopt in promoting their success. Semi structured interviews were conducted to analyze students' experiences in the second year. The findings suggest that sophomores are in the process of establishing their identity, re-evaluating their purpose and collegiate experience; consequently the need for a different kind of support is apparent. Second year students are experiencing an internal transition and are still in need of year-specific support to successfully meet the demands of progressing through college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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