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Kopp, Jason P.; Shaw, Emily J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Retention research rarely differentiates between students dismissed from an institution for poor academic performance versus students leaving by choice. As a proxy for studying academic dismissal, this study investigated differences between students leaving college in academic jeopardy after the first year (<2.00 grade point average) and those…
Descriptors: Dropouts, College Students, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power
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Melendez, Mickey C. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
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 traditional, residential, full-time, college populations. The purpose of the current study was to examine more…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, College Students, Higher Education, Urban Universities
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Walsh, Kelsey J.; Robinson Kurpius, Sharon E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Based on Tinto's model of academic persistence, this study explored background and personal factors that theoretically impact the academic persistence decisions of college freshmen. The factors studied were (a) parental educational attainment, (b) parental valuing of education, (c) high school grade point average, (d) residential status (on- vs.…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Academic Persistence, Parent Influence, Beliefs
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Zerr, Ryan J.; Bjerke, Elizabeth – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Students in two different types of first-year experience seminar courses at a moderately sized public university were compared using a large variety of measures--both direct and indirect. One of these first-year experience types was a three-credit academic-themed course offered in sections with variable content; the other was a two-credit…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, College Freshmen
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Novak, Heather; Paguyo, Christina; Siller, Thomas – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
In this study, we analyzed the Successful/Unsuccessful Grading (SUG) program, an intervention that was founded at a large public university to support students during their transition into the first year of undergraduate engineering (EG) coursework. To understand how the SUG program impacts student retention of EG majors, we conducted an analysis…
Descriptors: Grading, Intervention, State Universities, Undergraduate Students
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Dagley, Melissa; Georgiopoulos, Michael; Reece, Amber; Young, Cynthia – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
The EXCEL Program began as a National Science Foundation-sponsored STEM Talent Expansion Program in 2006 and, because of its significant impact on retention of STEM majors, has since become an institutionalized program at the University of Central Florida. The University of Central Florida EXCEL Program annually recruits approximately 200…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Graduation Rate, STEM Education, College Students
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Mengo, Cecilia; Black, Beverly M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Violence against university students has significant impact on their mental health. The impact of violence on students' academic performance has received little attention. The primary purpose of this study is to examine the impact of sexual and physical/verbal violence on the academic performance of college students. Data from 74 case files of…
Descriptors: Violence, Victims, Grade Point Average, Dropouts
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Logan, Jennifer; Hughes, Traci; Logan, Brian – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
Current observations from the National Center for Education Statistics demonstrate the dramatic increase in college student employment over the past few decades. Not only are more students employed than in previous decades, students are working more hours. This could lead to declines in academic performance as hours worked increase, resulting in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Employment, Academic Achievement, Correlation
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Ishitani, Terry T. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
While a myriad of studies focused on the first-year student retention, less known is what happens to students during their second year in college. Coupled with the most recent national data, this study investigated the effects of student and institutional characteristics on first- and second-year student persistence behavior. In particular, this…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Regression (Statistics), Academic Persistence, College Freshmen
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Wolniak, Gregory C. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
The study utilized data from the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/09) to examine factors that affect 4-year college students' likelihoods of completing a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) bachelor's degree within 6 years of entering college. Results highlight the lasting influence of high school…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Bachelors Degrees, Undergraduate Students, Student Characteristics
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Gaultney, Jane F. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2016
The present study used a validated survey to assess freshmen college students' sleep patterns and risk for sleep disorders and then examined associations with retention and grade point average (GPA) over a 3-year period. Students at risk for a sleep disorder were more likely to leave the institution over the 3-year period, although this…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Sleep, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power
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Kerby, Molly B. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
Theoretical models designed to predict whether students will persist or not have been valuable tools for retention efforts relative to the creation of services in academic and student affairs. Some of the early models attempted to explain and measure factors in the "college dropout process." For example, in his seminal work, Tinto…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Models, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
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Latz, Amanda O. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
Because it has been noted that a more educated workforce is necessary to meet the demands of the future workplace, community colleges have experienced significant pressures to generate more graduates. High instances of attrition and low rates of credential obtainment among students, however, have historically been tenuous issues for community…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Students, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power
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Wood, J. Luke; Harris, Frank, III – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
The purpose of this study was to understand the relationship (if any) between college selection factors and persistence for Black and Latino males in the community college. Using data derived from the Educational Longitudinal Study, backwards stepwise logistic regression models were developed for both groups. Findings are contextualized in light…
Descriptors: College Choice, Correlation, Academic Persistence, African American Students
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Strahan, Sarah; Credé, Marcus – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2015
Satisfaction with college is an important component of various theories of college student retention and academic performance but empirical support for the relationship of satisfaction with college with these two criteria has been mixed. Using data from two large datasets (N = 34,047 and N = 35,503) from 300 institutions we examine whether…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement
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