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Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1989
Many at-risk college students fail to avail themselves of the resources provided for them by their universities. In the interest of academic retention, colleges and universities are taking an increasingly proactive stance and contacting at-risk students to offer them specific services. This study compared retention rates for at-risk freshman…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Students, Commuting Students, Counseling Services
Boyd, Vivian; Hunt, Patricia; Hunt, Stanley; Magoon, Thomas; VanBrunt, John – 1997
This study examined the effects of career testing and interpretation intervention on the retention and academic standing of first-year college students. A total of 78 mostly first-year students enrolled in 5 sections of an orientation course at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) during the fall 1994 semester completed the Strong…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Counseling, Career Planning, College Freshmen
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1989
In response to the goal of improving college student retention, it was decided to require students in a freshman English course to participate in activities associated with academic persistence. Students (N=43) selected 3 of 4 retention-related activities in which to participate and recorded their experiences briefly in their course journals.…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Extracurricular Activities, Higher Education, Intervention
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1989
Black college students (N=55) enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (AGLS) at the University of Maryland in the spring semester of 1987 participated in individual interviews with their college's advisors. The interviews were diagnostic and prescriptive in nature, designed to help students identify problems getting in the way of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Agricultural Education, Biological Sciences
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1989
Many at-risk students fail to avail themselves of the resources provided for them by their universities. In the interest of academic retention, colleges and universities are taking an increasingly proactive stance and contacting at-risk students to offer them specific services. This study compared retention rates of at-risk college students (N=65)…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Intervention
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1989
Retention rates for black students at predominantly white campuses are consistently and disappointingly low, much more so than for white students. There is some evidence for black males that noncognitive variables are more predictive of academic success than the more traditionally used cognitive variables. In this intervention which was designed…
Descriptors: Black Students, Career Planning, College Freshmen, Delay of Gratification
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1989
The results of a retention intervention study designed to provide a one-to-one supportive relationship for incoming black male students at the University of Maryland are discussed. In this study, 34 full-time first-time American black male freshmen were matched with interested members of the Kappa Alpha Psi black alumni fraternity (a…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Black Students, College Students, Fraternities
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1988
Students enrolled in two sections of college algebra (Math 110) at the University of Maryland in spring 1984 were informed about assistance available from the Math Lab. They were also informed that a sticker would be attached to any one of the four semester exams when grades indicated that the student should pursue one or more of the Lab services.…
Descriptors: Algebra, College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1990
College transfer students have been shown to have a high risk of attrition from their second institution, in part because of errors in judgment during course preregistration. Accordingly, the Admissions Office at the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) reviewed the proposed course registrations (for fall 1988) of a sample of transfer…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Persistence, College Students, Comparative Analysis
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1996
Students who were academically dismissed at the end of the spring 1994 semester (at the University of Maryland, College Park) received an invitation to participate in a summer program designed to teach some of the skills necessary for academic success. Fourteen sessions were offered over a four-week period during the first summer school session.…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Academic Persistence, College Students, Higher Education
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1986
In Spring 1983, 124 second semester freshmen at the University of Maryland at College Park whose first semester grade point averages were below minimum requirements for graduation participated in a diagnostic and prescriptive interview program. Participants met with a counseling center staff person to help students first to identify the causes of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Students, Educational Diagnosis
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1990
This study attempted to decipher what happens to African American students during their sophomore year to make them disenchanted with their academic experience in their subsequent years and tested whether a supportive mentoring relationship can be developed over the telephone. Fulltime African American students (N=27) entering their second year…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Black Students, College Students
Boyd, Vivian; And Others – 1990
Parents who are sufficiently aware of the specific campus resources available to help students confront barriers to academic success, may serve as referral agents for their children. This study combined the interest of parents in helping their child have a successful experience at college, with the availability of the "Resource Manual," which…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Students, Higher Education