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Honken, Nora; Ralston, Patricia A.; Tretter, Thomas R. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
Self-control has been related to positive student outcomes including academic performance of college students. Because of the critical nature of the first semester academic performance for engineering students in terms of retention and persistence in pursuing an engineering degree, this study investigated the relationship between freshmen…
Descriptors: Self Control, Engineering Education, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Gaultney, Jane F. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
The present study used a validated survey to assess freshmen college students' sleep patterns and risk for sleep disorders and then examined associations with retention and grade point average (GPA) over a 3-year period. Students at risk for a sleep disorder were more likely to leave the institution over the 3-year period, although this…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Sleep, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power
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Thomas, Jackie C., Jr.; Wolters, Christopher; Horn, Catherine; Kennedy, Heidi – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
In this study, campus involvement, faculty mentorship, motivational beliefs (self-efficacy and utility value), and sense of belonging were examined as potential predictors of African-American college student academic persistence. Participants (n = 139) in the study were African-American college students from a large-urban university. Separate…
Descriptors: African American Students, College Students, Urban Universities, Academic Persistence
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Ackerman, Phillip L.; Kanfer, Ruth; Beier, Margaret E. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2013
Prediction of academic success at postsecondary institutions is an enduring issue for educational psychology. Traditional measures of high-school grade point average and high-stakes entrance examinations are valid predictors, especially of 1st-year college grades, yet a large amount of individual-differences variance remains unaccounted for.…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Gender Differences, Academic Achievement, Educational Psychology