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Thomas, Jackie C., Jr.; Wolters, Christopher; Horn, Catherine; Kennedy, Heidi – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
In this study, campus involvement, faculty mentorship, motivational beliefs (self-efficacy and utility value), and sense of belonging were examined as potential predictors of African-American college student academic persistence. Participants (n = 139) in the study were African-American college students from a large-urban university. Separate…
Descriptors: African American Students, College Students, Urban Universities, Academic Persistence
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Hillstock, Laurie G.; Havice, Pamela A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
This study explored pre- and post-admission characteristics of retained first-year students enrolled in non-proximal distance learning programs within public, 2-year colleges. Five pre-admission and six post-admission characteristics were explored. The sample for this study consisted of 197 first-year students enrolled in non-proximal distance…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Characteristics, School Holding Power, Distance Education
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Newton, Brian C.; Ghee, Kenneth L.; Langmeyer, Daniel – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
Male and female African-American college students (n = 131) at a large urban predominately White publicly funded institution participated in a survey measuring the effect of a multitude of psychosocial constructs and factors on grade point average (GPA). Part One of the study's analysis focused on three of the six total constructs examined within…
Descriptors: African American Students, Undergraduate Students, Academic Achievement, Correlation
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Pike, Gary R.; Hansen, Michele J.; Childress, Janice E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
The present research examined the extent to which pre-college characteristics, high school experiences, college expectations, and initial enrollment characteristics were related to graduation from college. Data from admission applications, the "ACT Compass" survey, and initial enrollment measures for Fall 2004 and Fall 2005 first-time…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Educational Experience, Correlation, Expectation
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Al-Hattami, Abdulghani – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
High school GPA is the only admission criterion that is currently used by many colleges in Yemen to select their potential students. Its predictive validity was investigated to ensure the accuracy of the admission decisions in these colleges. The relationship between students' persistence in the 4 years of college and high school GPA was studied…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, High School Students, Admission Criteria, Public Colleges
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Hansen, Michele Joann; Trujillo, Daniel J.; Boland, Donna L.; MacKinnon, Joyce L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the underlying non-cognitive processes and institutional factors that allowed first-year students to enact effective strategies for attaining academic success and persisting despite obstacles. The varying levels of academic preparation and unique obstacles faced by the student participants…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, Academic Achievement
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Patterson, David A.; Ahuna, Kelly H.; Tinnesz, Christine Gray; Vanzile-Tamsen, Carol – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
A big challenge facing colleges and university programs across the United States is retaining students to graduation. This is especially the case for Native American students, who have had one of the highest dropout rates over the past several decades. Using data from a large university that implemented a self-regulated learning course for…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Learning Strategies
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Rockinson-Szapkiw, Amanda J.; Bray, Oliver R., Jr.; Spaulding, Lucinda S. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
This study examines how GRE scores can be used to better understand Education doctoral candidates' methodology choices for the dissertation as well as their persistence behaviors. Candidates' of one online doctoral education program were examined. Results of a MANOVA suggested that there is no difference in GRE scores based on doctoral candidates'…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Doctoral Programs, College Entrance Examinations, Success
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Reid, Karen M.; Reynolds, Ralph E.; Perkins-Auman, Peggy G. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
The modern concept of first-year seminars was introduced in 1972. Ninety-four percent of America's accredited 4-year colleges and universities offered a seminar by 2002. "First-year seminar" defines a fairly diverse instructional construct, but the goal remains to improve student retention rates. Research trends indicate a positive and…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Case Studies, Research Universities, Graduation Rate
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Baars, G. J. A.; Arnold, I. J. M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
At Erasmus School of Economics about 40% of the students in the bachelor program Economics and Business drop out in the first academic year. We examined whether it is feasible (a) to identify on the basis of their participation and achievement in the first 2 (out of 10) examinations students who drop out in the first year, and (b) to characterize…
Descriptors: Dropouts, College Freshmen, Dropout Characteristics, Identification
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Dika, Sandra L. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
While research literature suggests that socioeconomic factors play a role in predicting educational attainment, very little research has been done to examine these relationships using data from Puerto Rico. A logistic regression approach was adopted to investigate the extent to which family and school socioeconomic factors predict retention from…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Background, Socioeconomic Status, Socioeconomic Influences, Predictor Variables
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Russo-Gleicher, Rosalie J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
This article provides qualitative insights into addressing the issue of student retention in online classes in higher education. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted at random with 16 faculty who teach online courses at a large community college in the Northeast about how to improve online student retention. Qualitative analysis…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Online Courses
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Lovell, Elyse D'nn – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
Growing populations which represent undergraduate students who are parents include females, non-traditional age students, and mothers who are single and living in poverty. Student-parent retention services appeared extremely disproportionate to the number of student-parents on campuses. Student parents in this quantitative analysis showed…
Descriptors: College Students, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Parents
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Gensheimer, Leah K.; Diebold, Charles T. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
College student attrition rates remain constant despite institution level efforts. This retrospective archival study examined how individual instructors at the course level might impact academic success and retention by acting on a real time at risk warning system. Five semesters of scores on the first exam in an undergraduate psychology course…
Descriptors: Student Attrition, Academic Persistence, Undergraduate Students, Psychology
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Mofidi, Tracey; El-Alayli, Amani; Brown, Ashley A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2014
Grateful people experience more psychological well-being, social connectedness, and feelings of personal accomplishment, along with less burnout. They also use more adaptive approach-oriented coping strategies. Thus, we hypothesized that trait gratitude and grateful coping strategies would be associated with various indicators/predictors of…
Descriptors: Coping, College Students, Academic Persistence, Success
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