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Jacoby, Barbara; Garland, John – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
This article describes how to use what we know about commuter students to design and implement strategies that enhance their retention. It includes a discussion of the extraordinary diversity of the commuter student population and their common needs and concerns and offers several theoretical frameworks that have proven to be useful in…
Descriptors: Commuting Students, School Holding Power, Student Diversity, College Students
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Flowers, Lamont A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
The primary objective of this article is to examine and synthesize the research literature conducted on the factors that influence African-American students' retention in higher education. Recommendations for future research were discussed. Programmatic implications of this integrative review for higher education personnel and student affairs…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Characteristics, Student Attitudes, College Students
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Hernandez, John C.; Lopez, Mark A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
The continued growth of the Latino college-going population challenges college and university pesonnel to become better informed on the issues that affect persistence of this diverse group of students. This article reviews the current understanding of those personal, environmental, involvement, and socio-cultural factors influencing student…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Higher Education, College Students
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Sanlo, Ronni – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
While some colleges and universities acknowledge the presence of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB)--or sexual minority--students on their campuses, few institutions gather and maintain data on the numbers or needs of sexual minority students. As a result, many sexual minority students in higher education tend to be invisible; therefore, their…
Descriptors: Minority Groups, College Students, Academic Achievement, Homosexuality
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Belch, Holley A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
The purpose of this article is to identify the factors affecting retention of college students with disabilities, examine the issues related to transition planning from secondary to postsecondary education, and explore the utility of the universal design concept to the retention of students. Further, promising practices will be shared along with…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, College Students, Disabilities, Access to Education
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Yeh, Theresa Ling – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
This article offers an exploration of the Asian Pacific American (APA) ethnic groups that show high rates of departure, and presents strategies and approaches to improving their persistence and graduation rates. A detailed examination of the APA population is presented to identify the subgroups that are underrepresented in higher education and who…
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate
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Shield, Rosemary White – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
This article focuses on answering two main questions: Why is this phenomenon occurring for Indigenous students in higher education and what are effective solutions for the retention and success of Indigenous students in higher education?
Descriptors: Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, College Students, School Holding Power
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Freer-Weiss, Dana – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
Institutions that allow late admission may be doing a disservice to students who have not adequately prepared for their transition to college. This research examined 785 admissions files of first-time, matriculated college freshmen at an open-access college. Data were collected regarding the demographics, characteristics, and academic performance…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Academic Persistence, College Admission, Student Characteristics
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Wasburn, Mara H.; Miller, Susan G. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
National Council for Research on Women finds that much of the progress that women have made in science, engineering, and technology has stalled or eroded. As we enter the new millennium, there will be an increasing need for a scientifically and technologically literate workforce. A student organization, Women in Technology, was formed at Purdue…
Descriptors: Women Scientists, Student Organizations, Engineering, Females
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Todd, Charles S. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
Useful assessment of general education courses is one impotant tool of a successful approach to advising. This article describes two methods for evaluating the effect general education math and English courses are having on students. One procedure involves examining the grade distribution for students enrolled in math and English general education…
Descriptors: English Instruction, College Mathematics, General Education, Higher Education
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Metz, George W. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
In an effort to demonstrate the complexities of accountability issues and institutional effectiveness, a 30-year review of persistence literature provides evidence of the numerous studies and emerging research on student persistence. Although Astin's (1975) groundbreaking research of access and persistence provides a framework for future…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Higher Education, Educational Research, Two Year College Students
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Hickman, Gregory P.; Crossland, Garnet L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
Through the administration of self-report surveys, this study examined the relationships among a) parenting styles, b) family structure, c) academic achievement, d) birth order, e) gender, and f) humor on the initial personal-emotional, social, academic, and commitment to college adjustment among 257 first-quarter college freshmen. Multiple…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Parenting Styles, Humor, Birth Order
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Duggan, Michael B. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
This study addressed the influence of social capital factors on the first-year persistence of beginning first- and second-generation four-year college students. First-generation students were those students whose parents had never attended college. Second-generation students had at least one parent who attended college. A case was made for…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Parent Background, Educational Attainment, Social Capital
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Smith, Joshua S. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
When students enter college, they experience a series of equally exhilarating and challenging events. Those who experience more of the latter may in fact leave. For a variety of reasons--some personal, some academic--many students dropout or transfer from their first institution. Colleges are committed to providing a quality education for all…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Educational Quality, Academic Achievement, Transfer Students
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Roszkowski, Michael J.; Ricci, Raymond – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 2004
Student dissatisfaction with certain aspects of college has been linked to attrition. Some developers of satisfaction surveys contend that in addition to satisfaction ratings, the questionnaire should contain an importance scale because dissatisfaction with the less important aspects of college is not as problematic as dissatisfaction with the…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Comparative Analysis
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