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Ulriksen, Lars; Madsen, Lene Moller; Holmegaard, Henriette T. – Studies in Science Education, 2010
In this paper we provide an overview of the literature on understandings of drop out/opt out from science, technology and mathematics (STM) higher education programmes. After outlining the literature on students leaving higher education programmes in general, we then explore the research on drop out/opt out from STM programmes in particular, with…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Prior Learning, Young Adults, Organizational Change
Smith, Elaine F. – 1990
This report focuses on minority students, particularly African Americans, in higher education. It examines school desegregation and its effect on African Americans, the success rate of minorities in comparison to the majority population, retention issues relative to minorities, recruitment and retention programs, and the importance of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, College Students, Higher Education
Ramist, Leonard – 1981
Research on college student attrition and retention is reviewed. Overall dropout rates and the reasons students give for dropping out are examined, and an attempt is made to assess the outcomes of going straight through college, as opposed to dropping out, temporarily leaving school, and not going to college at all. The demographic, academic,…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Attendance, College Environment, College Programs
Kezar, Adrianna J. – 1999
The literature on college students covers five themes: (1) financing, (2) disciplinary issues, (3) diversity, (4) retention, and (5) students' roles in campus innovations and change, although most of the literature is devoted to funding and student discipline. Most of the articles dealing with financing focus on the rising cost of tuition and…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Alcoholism, Cheating, College Students
Scollon, Ron – 1981
Educational practice and barriers to full participation of Alaska Natives in postsecondary education were examined in an ethnographic study begun in October 1980 by the University of Alaska. Focus was on the institutional placement, organization, and functioning of gatekeeping encounters within the university, primarily the central Fairbanks…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Alaska Natives, College Attendance
Pinkston, Ria R. – 1987
The needs of adult college students (25 years old or older) and support services that could promote achievement and retention of these nontraditional students are considered, based on the literature on current research. Of concern are students enrolled in credit courses at two-year or four-year institutions. Attention is directed to four kinds of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Adult Students, Ancillary School Services
Thomason, Timothy C. – 1999
There is a great need to increase the number of American Indian students in psychology, especially in clinical and counseling psychology. Nationally, there are fewer than 200 American Indian psychologists, and most mental health services for Indian people are provided by paraprofessionals, who may be poorly trained for this function. In addition,…
Descriptors: American Indians, College Students, Higher Education, Labor Needs
Pavel, D. Michael – 1999
This chapter draws on an extensive literature review to examine factors that influence the access and achievement of American Indians and Alaska Natives in higher education. American Indians are less likely to attend college than other U.S. ethnic groups. This underrepresentation is partly due to precollege attributes: low scores on college…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indians
Cuseo, Joseph B. – 1991
This report provides a conceptual framework for guiding decisions regarding the administrative delivery and course content of the freshman orientation seminar. The proposed framework relies heavily on empirical evidence generated by college-level research in the areas of student retention, student learning and academic achievement, and student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), College Freshmen, Coping