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Hamman, Karen J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Institutions of higher education invest a lot of resources into supporting and retaining students, and most colleges and universities offer systems of support for students who struggle academically in the form of support programs for students on academic probation. This study aimed to determine the demographic factors that potentially contribute…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Probation, College Freshmen, Grade Point Average
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Taylor, Donnalee B.; Harrison, Glenn J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The James Cook University (JCU) Biomedical Science students struggle with their first year and "second-choice-syndrome" as evidenced by high inter-degree transfer rates and low primary degree completions despite the cohort having high subject or unit grade point averages. This project evaluated the impact of two extracurricular support…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, School Holding Power, Foreign Countries, Academic Persistence
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Lake, Erinn D.; Koper, Jordan; Balayan, Ariana; Lynch, Lian – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
The purpose of this article is to examine student retention rates and graduation among a doctoral program at a Mid-Atlantic institution. This qualitative study found that faculty encouragement, self-motivation, the cohort model, and the structure of this program contributed to its success. The authors recommend a universal model of retention, as…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Qualitative Research
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Williams, Michael Steven; Burnett, Tiffany Jeanette Brown; Carroll, Talia Kay; Harris, Cameron J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This study utilizes a critical race theory framework to explore the ways race and gender influence Black doctoral students' socialization experiences. Themes about the varied roles and identities of important socialization agents emerged from the data. Managing expectations, engaging in help-seeking behavior, and developing fulfilling mentoring…
Descriptors: Mentors, Critical Theory, Race, Socialization
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Roland, Nathalie; Frenay, Mariane; Boudrenghien, Gentiane – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
High drop-out rates among first-year university students have led many researchers to attempt to gain a better understanding of academic persistence. However, despite this extensive literature, only a few studies have taken normative factors into account. These normative factors may be an essential factor of influence for persistence as it is…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Behavior Theories, College Freshmen, Behavior Standards
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Biddix, J. Patrick; Singer, Kaitlin I.; Aslinger, Emilie – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This study examines the impact of joining a National Panhellenic Conference sorority on first-year retention. We compiled and analyzed data for first-year sorority members from 86 chapters using institutional records at sixteen 4-year colleges and universities. A total of 4,243 cases comprised the data set, which included records for 2,104 members…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, School Holding Power, Sororities, Group Membership
Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Lowman, Jennifer L.; Hill, Kathleen A. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
Given the major investment in the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, rising postsecondary access, trends in poor persistence and retention rates, and the ongoing accountability measures in higher education, it is critical to examine factors related to postsecondary performance and persistence of GEAR…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Undergraduate Study
Ruud, Collin M.; Saclarides, Evthokia S.; George-Jackson, Casey E.; Lubienski, Sarah T. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2018
This exploratory mixed-methods study examines factors contributing to doctoral students' consideration of departure from their graduate programs with comparisons made by sex and affiliation with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs. Logistic regression and qualitative analyses point to the importance of strong…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Potential Dropouts, STEM Education
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Lane, David J. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
This study investigated the effect of personal identity and social comparison on college graduation. First-year college students completed an online survey measuring exploration and commitment to personal identity and perceptions of the prototypical student. Those who perceived the typical student as favorable but dissimilar to themselves had the…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Graduation, Self Concept, College Freshmen
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Terrazas-Carrillo, Elizabeth; Hong, Ji Y.; McWhirter, Paula T.; Robbins, Rockey; Pace, Terry M. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
This study explored the impact of place-making activities on the persistence of graduate international students at an American university. Sixteen international graduate students over the age of 18, attending an American university and living in the community for at least 1 year, participated in an in-depth interview about their experiences of…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Foreign Students, Academic Persistence, Qualitative Research
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Coco, Joshua Christian – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
The purpose of the study was to investigate the strategies that university leaders implemented to improve retention of displaced students in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The universities that participated in this study admitted displaced students after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This study utilized a qualitative…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Relocation
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Flanders, Gordon R. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
This study measured the rate of retention to the second semester among first-time, full-time freshman college students who attempted a gateway course within their declared major during their first semester of college compared with students who declared a major, completed a course, but not the gateway course in their major and students who did not…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, College Freshmen, Courses, Academic Achievement
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Schmidt, Julia; Lockwood, Brian – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
Of the few studies that have examined the effects of romantic relationships on academic performance, most have been concerned with adolescent students. This study analyzes a data set of more than 300 students at a midsized, private University in the northeast United States to determine if participating in a romantic relationship predicts grade…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Interpersonal Relationship, Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average
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Thompson-Ebanks, Valerie – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
This qualitative study examines the experiences of former nontraditional-age students with depression and reasons that led them to leave college prematurely. Constant comparative methods were used to illuminate themes within and across participants' stories. The findings showcase eight complex interlocking factors that these former students…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Nontraditional Students, Depression (Psychology), Dropouts
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Sulak, Tracey N.; Massey, Jennifer; Thomson, David – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
Universities struggle to raise retention rates among first-year students. Traditional analyses have not only focused on large-scale issues and addressed the needs of the majority but also done little to change overall retention numbers. The current study demonstrates the benefit of using a person-centered approach to retention research. Latent…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, School Holding Power, College Freshmen, Private Colleges
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