ERIC Number: EJ782979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Return on Investment: Libraries and Student Retention
Mezick, Elizabeth M.
Journal of Academic Librarianship, v33 n5 p561-566 Sep 2007
Using data on libraries collected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), as well as fall-to-fall retention rates obtained from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this study employs statistical measures of association to analyze the relationship of both library expenditures and number of professional library staff to student persistence. The strongest relationships found were those between student retention and total library expenditures, total library materials costs, and serial costs for institutions categorized as baccalaureate colleges within the Carnegie Classification System. The most significant relationship between persistence and number of library professional staff was discovered to occur at doctoral-granting institutions.
Descriptors: Library Personnel, Expenditures, Library Materials, Correlation, Research Libraries, School Holding Power, Costs, Professional Personnel, Academic Persistence, School Libraries, Outcomes of Education
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