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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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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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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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Lane, Stephanie R. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Peer mentoring has emerged as a viable retention strategy to aid higher education institutions in their efforts to ensure freshmen students make it through that crucial first year and beyond and obtain that degree. Although peer mentoring has been in existence for decades and, there is increasing research on this topic, there are no reviews of the…
Descriptors: Stress Management, College Freshmen, Peer Relationship, Mentors
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Watson, Joshua C.; Lenz, A. Stephen – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
The Inventory of New College Student Adjustment (INCA) was developed to assist college student personnel in assessing adjustment difficulties experienced by first-year college students. A sample of 474 first-year college students (282 women, 59%; 192 men, 41%) enrolled in a first-year seminar course at a medium-sized 4-year university in the…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Student Adjustment, Student Personnel Workers, College Freshmen
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Chen, Yu; Upah, Sylvester – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics student success is an important topic in higher education research. Recently, the use of data analytics in higher education administration has gain popularity. However, very few studies have examined how data analytics may influence Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics student success.…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Academic Advising, Data Analysis, Majors (Students)
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Latino, Christian A.; Stegmann, Gabriela; Radunzel, Justine; Way, Jason D.; Sanchez, Edgar; Casillas, Alex – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Hispanic students are the most likely out of all racial or ethnic groups to be first-generation college students (FGCS). Hispanic FGCS have been shown to be the least likely to persist out of all racial or ethnic backgrounds. However, there is little literature on this population. To address this, the present study investigated the association of…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, College Freshmen, First Generation College Students, Hispanic American Students
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Tobolowsky, Barbara F.; Cox, Bradley E.; Chunoo, Vivechkanand S. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
Inherent challenges affect first-generation students' persistence from as early as the first college year. Using cultural capital as a guide, this study is unique in that it investigates the contribution of first-year policies and programs to the success of first-generation students in 57 bachelor's degree-granting institutions across five states…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, College Freshmen, Cultural Capital, Educational Policy
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Barbera, Salvatore A.; Berkshire, Steven David; Boronat, Consuelo B.; Kennedy, Michael H. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2020
A plethora of research spanning several decades has attempted to understand predictors of retention and graduation in undergraduate bachelor's degree programs. The topic is no less important today, as larger and larger swaths of the American population attend college each year. Studies have demonstrated that key demographic variables, indicators…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, Bachelors Degrees, Readiness
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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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Loeb, Emily; Hurd, Noelle M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
Underrepresented college students are more likely than majority students to underperform and drop out of college. Perceptions of status relative to other students may play a key role in this process. The current study uses subjective social status (SSS) to predict underrepresented students' grade point average via their sense of academic…
Descriptors: Social Status, Academic Achievement, Disproportionate Representation, Competence
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Everett, Michele C. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
This article reports on an exploratory study that investigated the use of student drawings as a visual research method to understand the first-year experience. A total of 31 undeclared students enrolled in a first-year seminar participated in the study. Data generated from pre- and postdrawings of students' first semester paths were analyzed to…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Student Experience, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars
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Simpson, Denise Balfour; Burnett, Dana – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
This study focused on the relationship between living arrangement (residential vs. commuter) and the academic performance (grade point average) of first-year, full time undergraduate students at one public, 4-year university in the Southeast. Additionally, we analyzed five educationally effective practices as described by the National Survey of…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Learner Engagement, Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average
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Watson, Aretha; Chen, Rong – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2019
Although the existence of state-funded student support services programs dates to the 1960s, studies on how such programs play a role in student success are scarce. By utilizing unique institutional data and a comprehensive conceptual model integrating multiple theories, this study examines the relationship between the New Jersey educational…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Educational Finance, College Freshmen, Two Year College Students
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