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ERIC Number: EJ762087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Predicting Successful College Experiences: Evidence from a First Year Retention Program
Noble, Kimberly; Flynn, Nicole T.; Lee, James D.; Hilton, David
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v9 n1 p39-60 2007-2008
Research indicates that programs designed to target first year students increase their likelihood of success during that year and their chances of completing an undergraduate education (Bureau & Rromrey, 1994; Conner & Colton, 1999). Theoretically, such programs should help in part because they foster integration into campus communities and help align personal goals with institutional goals. In an effort to increase retention and achievement of first year students, the University of South Alabama implemented a program for resident first year students called "ESSENCE" in the fall of 1998. The purpose of this study is to measure the effects of that program on student success. Specifically we are interested in assessing the effects of the program on GPAs and graduation rates. In multivariate analyses, we compare GPAs and graduation rates for resident "ESSENCE" students, resident non-"ESSENCE" students, and non-resident students controlling for other predictors of success. We find that "ESSENCE" improves GPAs and the likelihood of graduating in five years relative to other experiences, even when controlling for other factors. (Contains 6 tables, 2 footnotes, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama