ERIC Number: EJ860467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Student Variables that Predict Retention: Recent Research and New Developments
Reason, Robert D.
NASPA Journal, v46 n3 p482-501 2009
This article reviews recent research related to the study of college student retention, specifically examining research related to individual student demographic characteristics. The increasing diversity of undergraduate college students requires a new, thorough examination of those student variables previously understood to predict retention. The retention literature focuses on research conducted after 1990 and emphasizes the changing demographics in higher education. Research related to a relatively new variable--the merit-index--also is reviewed, revealing potentially promising, but currently mixed results.
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Undergraduate Students, Literature Reviews, Student Characteristics, Educational Research, Student Diversity, Racial Differences, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Social Class, Academic Achievement, High School Students, Grade Point Average, Ethnicity, Student Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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