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Gansemer-Topf, Ann M.; Downey, Jillian; Thompson, Katherine; Genschel, Ulrike – Research in Higher Education, 2018
Economic recessions impact higher education institutions in complex ways. Several analyses have examined the influence of the 2007-2009 recession on tuition, enrollments, revenues, and expenditures, but the connection of these resource allocation patterns to a student success outcome--namely, retention--is limited. This study examined…
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Higher Education, Tuition, Enrollment
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Pike, Gary R.; Graunke, Steven S. – Research in Higher Education, 2015
Despite being criticized as unrepresentative and misleading, retention and graduation rates are an important part of college-search web sites and accountability systems, and they frequently have been used as indicators of institutional quality and effectiveness in educational research. Retention and graduation rates are often compared over time…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, Cohort Analysis, Student Characteristics, Graduation Rate
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Cochran, Justin D.; Campbell, Stacy M.; Baker, Hope M.; Leeds, Elke M. – Research in Higher Education, 2014
Given the continued issue of student retention for online classes, past research has suggested several "retention strategies" focused on engaging students as a way to reduce their withdrawal rate from these classes. However, a recent study testing the effects of these strategies on retention in online undergraduate business courses…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Academic Persistence, Learner Engagement, Withdrawal (Education)
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Mendoza, Pilar; Villarreal, Pedro, III; Gunderson, Alee – Research in Higher Education, 2014
This study employs the 2007-2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study and the National Research Center's survey data, "A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States," to investigate the (1) the effects of debt in relation to tuition and fees paid and (2) the effects of teaching assistantships,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Academic Persistence, Debt (Financial)
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Oseguera, Leticia; Rhee, Byung Shik – Research in Higher Education, 2009
Using multi-institutional data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program's (CIRP) annual survey of entering freshmen, the Higher Education Research Institute's (HERI) Faculty Surveys, campus registrars' offices, and IPEDS data, we evaluated the extent to which peer institutional retention climates and faculty perceived campus climates…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, College Environment, Student Surveys, College Freshmen
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Pike, Gary R. – Research in Higher Education, 2013
Surveys play a prominent role in assessment and institutional research, and the NSSE College Student Report is one of the most popular surveys of enrolled undergraduates. Recent studies have raised questions about the validity of the NSSE survey. Although these studies have themselves been criticized, documenting the validity of an instrument…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Student Surveys, Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement
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Ampaw, Frim D.; Jaeger, Audrey J. – Research in Higher Education, 2012
Doctoral programs have high dropout rates of 43% representing the highest among all post-baccalaureate programs. Cross sectional studies of doctoral students' retention have showed the importance of financial aid in predicting degree completion. These studies however, do not estimate the labor market's effect on doctoral student retention and…
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Doctoral Programs, Labor Market, Predictor Variables
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Clark, M. H.; Cundiff, Nicole L. – Research in Higher Education, 2011
Researchers investigated the impact that a first-year college experience course had on students' first-year grade point averages (GPAs) and retention rates. A sample of 109 first-year students enrolled in the course was compared to a sample of 326 students from the same university who had not taken the course. The goals of the experience course…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Grade Point Average, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement
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Jones-White, Daniel R.; Radcliffe, Peter M.; Huesman, Ronald L., Jr.; Kellogg, John P. – Research in Higher Education, 2010
Current definitions of retention and graduation rates distort the picture of student success by limiting it to completion of a degree at the institution of entry. By incorporating data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), a clearer picture emerges. The NSC data captures retention and graduation at both entry and transfer institutions. To…
Descriptors: Transfer Rates (College), Graduation Rate, Colleges, Graduation
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Li, Amy Y. – Research in Higher Education, 2017
Performance funding has become an increasingly prevalent state policy to incentivize student retention and degree completion at public colleges. Using a Cox proportional hazards model on state-level data from years 2000 to 2013, this study analyzes the latest wave of policies that embed base appropriations into the state budget to fund student…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, State Policy, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Contracts
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Gansemer-Topf, Ann M.; Schuh, John H. – Research in Higher Education, 2006
Many institutions of higher education increasingly are concerned with retention and graduation rates. Focusing on private Baccalaureate Liberal and General colleges and universities, the purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between institutional selectivity and institutional expenditures and retention and graduation rates. Framed…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Expenditures, Educational Finance, School Holding Power
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Astin, Alexander W. – Research in Higher Education, 1997
National longitudinal retention data on 52,898 students at 65 colleges and universities were used to generate formulas for estimating any institution's expected retention rate based on its students' high school grades, admission test scores, and racial and gender composition. Separate formulas were computed for estimating degree completion rates…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Entrance Examinations, Ethnic Groups, Grades (Scholastic)
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Gosman, Erica J.; And Others – Research in Higher Education, 1983
In a study of college student retention and progression, significant differences were found between black and white students in terms of their attrition rates, overall progression rates, and tendency to follow the prescribed progression pattern. When other student and institutional characteristics are statistically controlled, racial differences…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Blacks, College Students
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Sanders, Liz; Burton, John D. – Research in Higher Education, 1996
Freshman satisfaction survey, enrollment, and academic achievement data were used by one college to develop a database providing a comprehensive set of outcome indicators and a model for the freshman experience, including institution-specific models of freshman satisfaction and retention. A longitudinal database is under construction. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, College Outcomes Assessment
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Campbell, Toni A.; Campbell, David E. – Research in Higher Education, 1997
In a study of the effectiveness of a faculty/student mentoring program at a large urban university, 339 undergraduate students assigned to mentors were matched with nonmentored students based on gender, ethnicity, grade point average (GPA), and entering enrollment status. Results showed a higher GPA, more units completed per semester, and lower…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Faculty, College Students