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ERIC Number: EJ969828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0888-210X
Examining the Academic Performance and Retention of First-Year Students in Living-Learning Communities and First-Year Experience Courses
Purdie, John R., II; Rosser, Vicki J.
College Student Affairs Journal, v29 n2 p95-112 Spr 2011
Institutional data were used to examine the grades and retention of first-year students in 2 types of living learning communities--Academic Theme Floors (ATFs) and Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs)--and a First-Year Experience (FYE) course. Multiple regression revealed students in FIGs earned nominally higher GPAs (standardized [beta] = 0.02, p less than 0.01). Logistic regression revealed participating in a FIG increased students' odds of being retained by 18% (Exp([beta]) 1.18, p. less than 0.05). Participating in an ATF or FYE did not improve grades or retention. Findings suggest retention can be improved when faculty members and student affairs practitioners collaboratively create programs that link the curricular and residential experience, and foster student interaction with peers and faculty who share an academic interest. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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