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ERIC Number: EJ854799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Understanding Student Swirl: The Role of Environmental Factors and Retention Efforts in the Later Academic Success of Suspended Students
Wang, Yan; Pilarzyk, Tom
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v11 n2 p211-226 2009-2010
"Student swirl," or the inconsistent flow in and out of college coursework from term-to-term, institution-to-institution, reflects the non-traditional nature of many community college students. Swirl can be triggered by such stressors as: balancing work, school, and family obligations; financial challenges; and health problems. In turn, it influences irregular enrollment and lack of academic success. Swirl also occurs intra-institutionally, affected by college re-entry policies once students are suspended for academic reasons. Three initiatives serve as pathways back into college for suspended students at one Midwestern institution. This study explores their effects on success, as well as the role of life challenges, academic-related skills, and student background and commitment to succeed. While retention initiatives affect later performance, factors contributing to intra-institutional swirl plays stronger role. Implications for both student retention and institutional effectiveness are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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