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Skoglund, Kirk; Wall, Timothy J.; Kiene, David – Learning Assistance Review, 2018
Supplemental Instruction (SI), a higher-education academic support program, targets challenging college courses and uses peer-led review sessions to develop academic skills, improve grades, influence persistence, and ultimately increase student retention (Arendale, 2001). The goals of this study were twofold: to determine if differences existed in…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Supplementary Education
Kopel, Jaclyn – ProQuest LLC, 2018
A private, not-for-profit, 4-year urban university had been struggling to improve its 1st-year retention rate despite conducting previous studies and implementing various initiatives. This study explored the influence that students' personal connections to the study site had on their experience in their 1st year in college. Tinto's student…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Experience, Student Attrition, Student Participation
Feliciano, Nikole E. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Research has consistently shown that community college students lack the necessary skills to achieve successful academic performance and are highly likely to drop out of their studies prior to degree attainment. Community colleges have introduced developmental courses to prepare students for their transition into college-level courses.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Freshmen, Two Year College Students, Developmental Studies Programs
Hannah, Sheila – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this descriptive, qualitative case study design was to investigate whether a summer bridge program, developed for first-year, first-generation students, is effective in retaining students throughout the first year of college. The general problem for private and public institutions was that student college retention rates have…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, First Generation College Students, Summer Programs, Transitional Programs
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Hamman, Karen J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Institutions of higher education invest a lot of resources into supporting and retaining students, and most colleges and universities offer systems of support for students who struggle academically in the form of support programs for students on academic probation. This study aimed to determine the demographic factors that potentially contribute…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Probation, College Freshmen, Grade Point Average
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Taylor, Donnalee B.; Harrison, Glenn J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The James Cook University (JCU) Biomedical Science students struggle with their first year and "second-choice-syndrome" as evidenced by high inter-degree transfer rates and low primary degree completions despite the cohort having high subject or unit grade point averages. This project evaluated the impact of two extracurricular support…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, School Holding Power, Foreign Countries, Academic Persistence
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Biddix, J. Patrick; Singer, Kaitlin I.; Aslinger, Emilie – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This study examines the impact of joining a National Panhellenic Conference sorority on first-year retention. We compiled and analyzed data for first-year sorority members from 86 chapters using institutional records at sixteen 4-year colleges and universities. A total of 4,243 cases comprised the data set, which included records for 2,104 members…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, School Holding Power, Sororities, Group Membership
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Kezar, Adrianna; Holcombe, Elizabeth – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2018
Student success in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is a major concern in higher education. While overall 6-year graduation rates are around 60% nationally (National Center for Education Statistics, 2016), only about 40% of students who enter college intending to major in a STEM field complete a STEM degree within 6 years. Studies…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, STEM Education, School Holding Power, Sense of Community
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Kokaua, Jesse; Teevale, Tasileta; Scott, Stephen; Taumoepeau, Mele; Van Der Meer, Jacques; Teu, Ala; Hoseit, Ana – Journal of College and University Student Housing, 2018
The academic benefits of residential accommodation are investigated for first-year Pacific students, an ethnic minority group, attending the University of Otago situated in Dunedin in New Zealand. Institutional data on seven cohorts of first-year students from 2007 to 2013 (28,155 students, of which 761 identified as Pacific) were extracted to…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Ethnic Groups, Universities
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Mach, Kane P.; Gordon, Sarah R.; Tearney, Katie; McClinton, Leon, Jr. – Journal of College and University Student Housing, 2018
Living-learning programs (LLPs) can have a positive influence on student success. The purpose of this study is to provide an example of an LLP that effectively involves faculty and college academic staff as well as to understand student experiences in the LLP related to personal, professional, and academic growth. The LLP at the focus of this…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, College Freshmen, Student Experience, Program Effectiveness
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Riggers-Piehl, Tiffani; Sax, Linda J. – Journal of College and Character, 2018
The influence of faculty on student academic and affective development is well-documented. Positive interactions with faculty are related to increases in student retention, GPA, and well-being, but less is known about how student-faculty interaction relates to students' spiritual development. Drawing upon faith development theory and considering…
Descriptors: Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Spiritual Development, Teaching Methods
Sheren, Deborah L. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Increasing costs and discount rates and decreasing persistence have led to deteriorating net tuition revenue at many colleges and universities. The lack of clarity about the relationship between student persistence and incoming student characteristics was interfering with the development of optimal tuition discounting policy and required research.…
Descriptors: Costs, Academic Persistence, Tuition, Correlation
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Gorski, David E. – Journal of Technology Education, 2018
Technology and engineering education is filled with so many varied topics that it is almost impossible to break them into grade-level courses. As a result, courses are often mixed with all grade levels and all types of learners. On rare occasions, one course section pops into the schedule that is all one level. When this occurs, it may become…
Descriptors: Graphic Arts, Design, Teaching Methods, Action Research
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Cheng, Tao-Ming; Hou, Hsing-Yu; Agrawal, Dinesh Chandra; Liaw, Ching-Fang; Chen, Rung-Ching – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2018
Potential high-risk freshmen for three core courses (BasicMath, Calculus, and Computing) in the university were identified based on the "College Students' Adjustment Check List (CSACL)" data available with the Student Development Centre in the Office of Students' Affairs of the university. The study demonstrates that to ameliorate the…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, College Freshmen, Student Adjustment, Check Lists
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Rosenberg, Mark B., Ed.; Hilton, Margaret L., Ed.; Dibner, Kenne A., Ed. – National Academies Press, 2018
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals generate a stream of scientific discoveries and technological innovations that fuel job creation and national economic growth. Ensuring a robust supply of these professionals is critical for sustaining growth and creating jobs growth at a time of intense global competition.…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Progress Monitoring, Undergraduate Students, STEM Education
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