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Zilvinskis, John; Borden, Victor; Severtis, Ronald E., Jr. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Colleges and universities employ conditional admission policies to identify students with subpar academic qualifications, who may need additional support to succeed. Using institutional data of more than 2,000 students, the study applies labeling theory to a quasi-experimental design (difference-in-differences testing), measuring the effects of a…
Descriptors: College Admission, School Policy, Grade Point Average, College Credits
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Lane, Tonisha B.; Morgan, Kali; Lopez, Megan M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Underserved students express a high interest in earning a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree. However, their ACT benchmark indicators tend to be much lower than their peers, especially for students who report more than one underserved attribute. There are a number of STEM intervention programs (SIPs) that are designed…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Program Effectiveness, Transitional Programs, College Readiness
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Evans, Shelley M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Online courses are often criticized for having lower retention rates than traditional courses, especially introductory courses. This study aimed to determine whether there was a relationship between online and traditional instructor personality traits and course completion rate for introductory course instructors at a higher education institution…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Personality Traits, Correlation, Online Courses
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Stephenson, Amber L.; Yerger, David B.; Heckert, D. Alex – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
In a study exploring how organizational identification impacted college retention and performance outcomes at a university in the United States, we found the mere act of taking the survey emerged as an unexpectedly strong result. Using propensity score matching, we found that those who took the voluntary survey during the first week of school were…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Higher Education, Identification (Psychology), Student School Relationship
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Jepson, Jared A.; Tobolowsky, Barbara F. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
This qualitative study extends the research on postsecondary delay by examining the college experiences of six male nontraditional students from the North Texas area who purposefully postponed college education for 3 years after high school graduation to fulfill religious commitments. Unlike the majority of delayers, the participants successfully…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Nontraditional Students, Postsecondary Education, Time to Degree
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Havlik, Stacey; Pulliam, Nicole; Malott, Krista; Steen, Sam – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Through use of an interpretive phenomenological inquiry, this study examined the lived experiences of first-generation college students persisting at a mid-sized, private, predominantly White institution. Themes that emerged across participants included a sense of "otherness" according to students' race, ethnicity, and first-generation…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Socioeconomic Status
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Knapp, Joshua R.; Masterson, Suzanne S.; Kedharnath, Uma – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Researchers routinely find that individuals and organizations are better off when the personal characteristics of members fit with contextual organizational characteristics. Typically, this kind of research examines employees and the work environment. However, the dynamics of fit can be applied broadly, and some researchers have found fit-related…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Student School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
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Blekic, Mirela; Carpenter, Rowanna; Cao, Yi – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
This research examines factors that contribute to persistence of sophomore students. It builds a model to predict the likelihood of leaving the institution by third year and explores whether the concept of transfer receptivity can be used to explain differences in persistence between continuing and transfer sophomore students. Results indicate…
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Undergraduate Students
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Whitten, Donna; James, Adrian; Roberts, Cynthia – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Institutions of higher education are increasingly focused on student outcomes such as persistence. This study investigated factors that contribute to a sense of belonging, a key contributor to persistence, in business students attending a small 4-year public commuter campus in the Midwest. A survey was administered to students in an introductory…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Small Colleges, Commuter Colleges, Business Administration Education
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Watanabe-Rose, Mari; Guy, G. Michael – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
Much research has demonstrated an inverse relationship between appointment delay and one-shot appointment-keeping behavior. In the present study, we investigated whether such relationship is observed with recurrent behavior, such as class attendance and retention within a college course. When a 4-week remedial arithmetic course at an urban…
Descriptors: Remedial Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Tests, Scores
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Gibbons, Melinda M.; Rhinehart, Alessandra; Hardin, Erin – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
This study explored the perceived barriers and supports related to college adjustment for first-generation college students at a large public university in the southeastern United States. Using social cognitive career theory as a framework, 15 college students participated in focus groups to discuss their adjustment to college and what they…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, First Generation College Students, Social Cognition, Career Development
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Zhou, Enyu; Okahana, Hironao – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
This study examined department supports that influence doctoral completion and time-to-degree among 5,001 doctoral programs at 212 universities in the United States. Multiple regression models were used to determine the relationships between financial support and academic support and doctoral retention and how these relationships vary across STEM…
Descriptors: Role, Time to Degree, Prediction, Graduate Students
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Uy, Phitsamay S.; Kim, Sue J.; Khuon, Chrisna – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
This study discusses the college and career readiness among full-time Southeast Asian American college students in a 4-year public university in New England. Our study consisted of surveys (n = 58) and focus groups (n = 35), of second-generation (born in the United States) or 1.5-generation (immigrated as a youth) college students. While our…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Asian American Students, Career Development
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Melendez, Mickey C. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
College student adjustment, success, and retention have been a focus of college administrators and student development professionals for decades. However, national college retention and graduation statistics are typically focused on full-time residential college populations. The purpose of the current study was to examine more closely the…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Place of Residence, Racial Differences, Ethnicity
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Rennar-Potacco, Donna; Orellana, Anymir; Chen, Peter; Salazar, Andres – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
This article presents findings of a study conducted to determine the impact of academic support provided through videoconferencing on the academic outcomes of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics students enrolled in high-risk science courses in higher education. A quasi-experimental nonequivalent posttest only design was employed to…
Descriptors: Academic Support Services, Outcomes of Education, STEM Education, Synchronous Communication
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