ERIC Number: EJ806241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Impact of a Pre-Semester College Orientation Program: Hidden Benefits?
Perrine, Rose M.; Spain, Judith W.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v10 n2 p155-169 2008-2009
The present research was a two-year longitudinal study on the effects of a six-day, optional, pre-semester, freshman orientation program on academic credits earned, GPA and college retention. Regression analyses were used to remove the variance associated with other possible predictors of academic success (gender, age, race, developmental need, ACT, high school GPA, and transfer status) before testing these academic effects. Attendance at the orientation program accounted for less than 1% of the variability in one-year and two-year credits earned and grade point average. Attendance did not significantly predict one-or two-year retention. We discuss methodological issues, whether orientation programs might benefit institutions in non-obvious ways, and suggest avenues for future research. (Contains 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, College Freshmen, Grade Point Average, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Program Effectiveness, Longitudinal Studies, College Credits, Academic Persistence, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Racial Differences, Attendance Patterns, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment