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ERIC Number: EJ816962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Supporting "Slumping" Sophomores: Programmatic Peer Initiatives Designed to Enhance Retention in the Crucial Second Year of College
Sanchez-Leguelinel, Caridad
College Student Journal, v42 n2 p637-646 Jun 2008
Previous research and retention interventions have been primarily targeted towards the freshmen, first-year experience (Gardner, Pattengale, & Schreiner, 2000; Pattengale & Schreiner, 2000) and yet, sophomores are a uniquely vulnerable group with increasing levels of dissatisfaction and attrition (Boivin, Fountain, & Baylis, 2000).This article describes the programmatic development and evaluation of the Sophomore Peer Counseling Program which was initiated in an effort to increase retention, academic performance, and college satisfaction for sophomores during their critical second year. The effectiveness of the program was evaluated utilizing the "Sophomore Peer Counseling Program: Student Satisfaction Survey." Participants for this study were sophomore students who had completed between 30 and 44 credits at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (N = 210). Participants attended a peer counseling advisement session and volunteered to complete the "Student Satisfaction Survey", a self-report measure of program evaluation. Various demographic variables were found to have a significant impact on program evaluation. The implications of the findings pertaining to program effectiveness, and its overall impact on retention were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A