ERIC Number: EJ735973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Understanding How First-Year Seminars Affect Persistence
Porter, Stephen R.; Swing, Randy L.
Research in Higher Education, v47 n1 p89-109 Feb 2006
First-year seminars are nearly ubiquitous fixtures in American higher education, and research has documented their positive effect on student persistence. Only limited research, however, has attempted to isolate the impact of various aspects of first-year seminars on persistence, especially on a cross-institutional basis. We use a survey of almost 20,000 first-year students at 45 four-year institutions combined with institutional-level data to understand how aspects of first-year seminars affect early intentions to persist. Because survey respondents are grouped within dissimilar institutions, we use a multilevel modeling approach to model intent to persist.
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Academic Persistence, Higher Education, College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Models, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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