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ERIC Number: EJ919577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1087-0059
Investigating Factors Related to Retention of At-Risk College Students
Laskey, Marcia L.; Hetzel, Carole J.
Learning Assistance Review, v16 n1 p31-43 Spr 2011
The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that influence the retention and GPA of students in a college program designed for at-risk students. The study was conducted at a midsized private university in the Midwest. The sample consisted of 115 at-risk students enrolled in a Conditional Acceptance Program (CAP). Three years of CAP student data were collected. The study included variables of personality as measured by the NEO-FFI Inventory, high school and college GPA, ACT scores, the number of visits to the tutoring service, high school profile, and the demographic characteristics of student gender and ethnicity. The results indicated that tutoring and personality factors of at-risk students have a positive influence on their retention and college GPA. These findings inform institutions of higher education of the factors that contribute to the success of at-risk students, preparing them to serve this population. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; NEO Five Factor Inventory