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Drago, Anthony; Rheinheimer, David C.; Detweiler, Thomas N. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This study investigated the connection between locus of control (LOC), academic self-efficacy (ASE), and academic performance, and whether these variables are affected by tutoring. Additional variables of interest, including gender, students' Pell Grant status, ethnicity, and class size, were also considered for the research models. The population…
Descriptors: Locus of Control, Self Efficacy, Tutoring, Academic Achievement
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Hughes, Amber N.; Gibbons, Melinda M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the career development of underprepared college students using relational career theory. Specifically, the constructs of family influence, locus of control, and career decision-making self-efficacy were explored as they relate to perceived success in college. Significant correlations between external locus…
Descriptors: Career Development, College Students, Locus of Control, Career Choice
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Xu, Yonghong Jade – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
In this study, an online survey was constructed based on the extant literature on college student success. The survey was used to collect data from a sample of college students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors in order to examine their learning experiences and to identify the factors that may influence their persistence…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), Academic Persistence, Online Surveys
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Knight, William; Wessel, Roger D.; Markle, Larry – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The study sought to determine whether students with disabilities are disadvantaged because of state and institutional performance-based policies providing incentives for 4-year graduation. In a longitudinal study of 32,187 students at a Midwestern Research University, the retention and graduation rates, and mean years to graduation, of students…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Academic Persistence, Disadvantaged, State Policy
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Glenn, Cynthia Wheatley – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
For learners to actively accept responsibility in a virtual classroom platform, it is necessary to provide special motivation extending across the traditional classroom setting into asynchronous online learning. This article explores specific ways to do this that bridge the gap between ground and online students' learning experiences, and how…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Southwell, Kenona H.; Whiteman, Shawn D.; MacDermid Wadsworth, Shelley M.; Barry, Adam E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Grounded in research and theory on college student retention, this study assessed differences in the use of various university services and the influence of key personnel on retention-related outcomes of student service members or veterans (SSM/Vs) compared with civilian students. Participants included 386 students, 199 (154 male, 45 female) of…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Military Personnel, Veterans Education, College Students
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Hamman, Karen J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Institutions of higher education invest a lot of resources into supporting and retaining students, and most colleges and universities offer systems of support for students who struggle academically in the form of support programs for students on academic probation. This study aimed to determine the demographic factors that potentially contribute…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Probation, College Freshmen, Grade Point Average
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Taylor, Donnalee B.; Harrison, Glenn J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The James Cook University (JCU) Biomedical Science students struggle with their first year and "second-choice-syndrome" as evidenced by high inter-degree transfer rates and low primary degree completions despite the cohort having high subject or unit grade point averages. This project evaluated the impact of two extracurricular support…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, School Holding Power, Foreign Countries, Academic Persistence
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Lake, Erinn D.; Koper, Jordan; Balayan, Ariana; Lynch, Lian – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The purpose of this article is to examine student retention rates and graduation among a doctoral program at a Mid-Atlantic institution. This qualitative study found that faculty encouragement, self-motivation, the cohort model, and the structure of this program contributed to its success. The authors recommend a universal model of retention, as…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Qualitative Research
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Williams, Michael Steven; Burnett, Tiffany Jeanette Brown; Carroll, Talia Kay; Harris, Cameron J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This study utilizes a critical race theory framework to explore the ways race and gender influence Black doctoral students' socialization experiences. Themes about the varied roles and identities of important socialization agents emerged from the data. Managing expectations, engaging in help-seeking behavior, and developing fulfilling mentoring…
Descriptors: Mentors, Critical Theory, Race, Socialization
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Roland, Nathalie; Frenay, Mariane; Boudrenghien, Gentiane – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
High drop-out rates among first-year university students have led many researchers to attempt to gain a better understanding of academic persistence. However, despite this extensive literature, only a few studies have taken normative factors into account. These normative factors may be an essential factor of influence for persistence as it is…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Behavior Theories, College Freshmen, Behavior Standards
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Biddix, J. Patrick; Singer, Kaitlin I.; Aslinger, Emilie – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This study examines the impact of joining a National Panhellenic Conference sorority on first-year retention. We compiled and analyzed data for first-year sorority members from 86 chapters using institutional records at sixteen 4-year colleges and universities. A total of 4,243 cases comprised the data set, which included records for 2,104 members…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, School Holding Power, Sororities, Group Membership
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Xu, Yonghong Jade; Webber, Karen L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Theoretically grounded in Tinto's model of retention and Braxton and colleagues' revisions , this study is designed to examine the applicability of the integration model to students of different racial backgrounds. Results from a sample of full-time undergraduate students at a research-extensive university suggest that (a) academic and social…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Student Diversity
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Zerquera, Desiree D.; Ziskin, Mary; Torres, Vasti – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Faculty serve as a primary point of contact for students in college, playing vital roles in students' retention and attainment. The perceptions and beliefs held by these institutional actors are important for understanding the context that shapes students' experiences while they are in college and potentially, long after they leave. The purpose of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, College Students
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Alschuler, Mari; Yarab, Jessica – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Student veterans face many challenges when transitioning to college. This two-phase study first examined their retention and persistence through the use of archival data at one Midwestern public university. Results indicated a 50% graduation rate, comparable to the national average and above that for nonveterans at the same university. The second,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Veterans, Prevention, Student Attrition
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