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Fish, Jillian; Livingston, Jennifer A.; VanZile-Tamsen, Carol; Patterson Silver Wolf, David A. – Journal of College Student Development, 2017
According to Tribal Critical Race Theory, Native American students have low retention rates due to the structural barriers and racism inherent in colleges and universities. Similarly, structural barriers and racism could put Native American students at risk for victimization and substance use, thus influencing their academic success. The purposes…
Descriptors: Victims of Crime, Substance Abuse, American Indian Students, At Risk Students
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Silver Wolf, David A. Patterson; Perkins, Jacob; Butler-Barnes, Sheretta T.; Walker, Thomas A., Jr. – Journal of College Student Development, 2017
Educators, policymakers, and institutions have worked for decades to increase rates of college graduation, but about half of students who enter college drop out without completing a bachelor's degree. Although the rate of student attrition is higher in the United States than in any other industrialized nation, about 30% of U.S. students will drop…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Student School Relationship, Dropouts, Academic Persistence
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Ward, Elijah G.; Thomas, Earl E.; Disch, William B. – Journal of College Student Development, 2014
Little research has focused carefully on the means by which peer mentors foster development in undergraduate protégés. Two faculty members developed a holistic, peer-mentoring project in which 26 upperclassmen mentored 74 underclassmen at a midsize, 4-year institution. Mentor journal notes, open-ended protégé responses, and participant…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Teaching, Peer Relationship, Undergraduate Students
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Soria, Krista M.; Stubblefield, Robin – Journal of College Student Development, 2015
Strengths-based approaches are flourishing across hundreds of higher education institutions as student affairs practitioners and educators seek to leverage students' natural talents so they can reach "previously unattained levels of personal excellence" (Lopez & Louis, 2009, p. 2). Even amid the growth of strengths-based approaches…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Academic Persistence, Correlation, Online Surveys
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GIll, Emmett L., Jr.; Farrington, Kristy – Journal of College Student Development, 2014
An undergraduate degree is critical to a student-athlete's transition into life after sports; however, Black male student-athletes are not seizing the opportunities associated with college graduation. Black male student athletes' graduation rates are consistently and substantially lower than those of their White male student-athlete counterparts.…
Descriptors: Males, College Athletics, Athletes, Academic Achievement
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Fouad, Nadya A.; Ghosh, Arpita; Chang, Wen-hsin; Figueiredo, Catia; Bachhuber, Thomas – Journal of College Student Development, 2016
College is a significant time for undergraduates to declare majors and choose career paths. For many undergraduates, choosing both a major and a career path is challenging. Research shows that many universities deliver career interventions through dedicated career decision-making courses (Mead & Korschgen, 1994). However, there has been…
Descriptors: College Students, Career Exploration, Undergraduate Students, Intervention
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Lombardi, Allison R.; Murray, Christopher; Gerdes, Hilary – Journal of College Student Development, 2012
Students with disabilities are attending postsecondary school in increasing numbers. College students with disabilities have lower retention rates, take longer to complete degrees, and have lower degree completion rates than do their peers without disabilities. Thus, students with disabilities face a number of significant challenges adjusting to…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Student Characteristics, Persistence, First Generation College Students
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Grier-Reed, Tabitha L.; Madyun, Na'im H.; Buckley, Christopher G. – Journal of College Student Development, 2008
Black student retention in institutions of higher education is an important 21st-century issue. Thompson, Gorin, Obeidat, and Chen (2006) asserted that Blacks are still underrepresented in institutions of higher education and graduate at lower rates than Whites and Asians over a 5-year period. According to the American Council on Education, at the…
Descriptors: African American Students, Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Whites
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Mattern, Krista D.; Shaw, Emily J. – Journal of College Student Development, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between academic self-beliefs (i.e., self-efficacy and degree aspirations) with various academic outcomes. Based on previous findings, it was hypothesized that students with more positive academic self-beliefs would perform better in school. The results supported prior research as students…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Academic Achievement, Predictor Variables, Correlation
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Lenk, Kathleen M.; Nelson, Toben F.; Erickson, Darin J.; Toomey, Traci L. – Journal of College Student Development, 2015
A considerable amount of attention and research has been dedicated to addressing alcohol use and related problems among students at 4-year colleges; however, less attention has been given to alcohol-related issues among students at 2-year technical/community colleges. This article describes research that expands on a study by Chiauzzi and…
Descriptors: Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges
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Boudreau, Charles A.; Kromrey, Jeffrey D. – Journal of College Student Development, 1994
Examines the relationship between completion of a freshman orientation course at the University of South Florida and retention (enrollment during a subsequent semester following completion of the course), academic performance, and graduation. Findings show that course participants performed better on measures of retention and academic performance,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies
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Steele, George E.; And Others – Journal of College Student Development, 1993
Developed Academic Alternatives Program (ALT) to help students in their search for alternative major. Compared 206 ALT students with matched cohort of 206 students not participating in ALT and randomly selected comparison group (n=206). Found that major-changer who experienced ALT program exhibited higher retention and graduation rates than did…
Descriptors: College Students, Decision Making, Higher Education, Majors (Students)
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Nelson, Barbara; And Others – Journal of College Student Development, 1993
Assigned community college first-year students (n=1,089) to three groups that differed with the intensity of a learning style intervention. Follow-up during the next semester revealed that students in the highest intensity group achieved significantly higher grade-point averages and higher retention rates than those in the other groups. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Change Strategies, Cognitive Restructuring
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Arbona, Consuelo; Novy, Diane M. – Journal of College Student Development, 1991
Examined demographic and academic differences between Mexican-American (n=141) and Hispanic non-Mexican-American (n=45) college students. Found larger proportion of non-Mexican-American students were born in the United States. Mexican Americans reported considerably lower levels of parental socioeconomic and educational attainment. Groups were…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Demography, Differences
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Windschitl, Mark – Journal of College Student Development, 1998
Compares the questionnaire responses concerning satisfaction with first-year college students grouped in a learning team with responses of students not grouped. Examines the learning team's social and academic interactions, as well as their retention rates and grade point averages. Provides guidance for the design of learning teams experiences.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, College Faculty, College Freshmen