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Kahn, Marissa; Solomon, Phyllis; Treglia, Dan – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2019
A correlational design was employed to determine how risk and protective factors relate to first-year college adjustment. In total, 348 students completed an online survey about their experience adjusting to college. Risk factors (i.e., psychiatric medication, fearful-avoidant attachment, and anxious-preoccupied attachment) negatively impacted…
Descriptors: Risk, Predictor Variables, College Freshmen, Student Adjustment
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Olmstead, Spencer B.; Anders, Kristin M.; Clemmons, Delia M. A.; Davis, Kayley N. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2019
The transition to college includes exposure to new cultures, such as the college drinking culture, which is likely to be encountered within the first few weeks. We conducted a qualitative content analysis of 242 first-semester undergraduate students' written comments to open-ended questions about their perceptions of and expectations for…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Expectation, Drinking
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Vetter, Matthew K.; Schreiner, Laurie A.; Jaworski, Brian – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2019
As the qualitative portion of a sequential explanatory mixed-methods study, this study identified the attitudes, behaviors, and teaching strategies of first-year seminar instructors whose students of color exhibited the highest gains in thriving at the end of their first semester. Thriving students are those who are fully engaged psychologically,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, College Freshmen
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Pichon, Henrietta Williams; Guillaume, René O.; Noopila, Mari Ysele – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2019
As the number of campus-sharing partnerships between two-year and four-year institutions increases, so will the need for academic and student affairs professionals to address some of the nuances that come with navigating these new environments. Such partnerships may create unique challenges for first-year students. Thus, this qualitative study…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Partnerships in Education
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Jenner, Brandy M. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2019
Differences in contextual norms between the U.S. military and institutions of higher education mean that student veterans may experience difficulty integrating into the wider campus community, leading to educational inequity. However, this situation may be mitigated by the presence of a strong student veteran peer community. Previous studies of…
Descriptors: College Students, Veterans, Peer Relationship, Equal Education
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Blake, Thomas; Majumder, Sreenath; Deal, John; Hendryx, Matthew; Conrad, Karla – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
This study examines the impact of class difficulty on first-semester GPA, controlling for a number of precollege factors and the course load taken in the first semester. Although a large body of literature exists on the determinants of academic performance, class difficulty is often neglected in the literature. For this study, we created a new…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, College Freshmen, Student Adjustment, Success
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Fokkens-Bruinsma, Marjon; Vermue, Carlien Elske; Deinum, Jan Folkert – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
Our study focused on describing first-year university students' motivational profiles and examining differences in academic achievement based on these profiles. Data on academic motivation of 755 students in the field of mathematics and natural sciences were collected before the start of their bachelor's degree program; data on GPA were collected…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, Profiles
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Yao, Christina W. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
This qualitative research study illuminates the experiences affecting first-year Chinese international students in the United States and gives insights as to how these students perceive interpersonal relationships at college. Participants shared reports of neo-racism and othering as negatively affecting their feelings of connection to other…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Asians, Qualitative Research, Student Experience
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Swan, Amy K.; Inkelas, Karen Kurotsuchi; Jones, Jill N.; Pretlow, Joshua; Keller, Tierney F. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
The effects of undergraduate research participation are well documented, but less is known about students' pathways into undergraduate research participation. This mixed-methods study explored the role of an International Baccalaureate research project in students' development of research self-efficacy in high school, and how this development…
Descriptors: Student Research, High School Students, Self Efficacy, Undergraduate Students
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Chan, Hsun-Yu – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
This study examined the relationship between college readiness of student veterans and retention, graduation, or transfer. I analyzed transcript and administrative data for student veterans who used GI Bill benefits at a public two-year college in Wisconsin. Results from logistic regression show that successful course completion rate (earning a C…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Two Year College Students, Veterans, Correlation
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Pérez, David, II; Zamora, Bianca T.; Pontious, Mark W. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
Few studies examine factors that contribute to Latino undergraduate men's successful transition during college. Using data from The National Study on Latino Male Achievement in Higher Education, this study integrated two asset-based theories--Schreiner's (2010) thriving quotient and Yosso's (2005) community cultural wealth framework--to understand…
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, Hispanic American Students, Undergraduate Students, Males
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Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
First-year students often search for spaces in which they feel comfortable, safe, and at home. Even though existing research emphasizes the value of spaces in which college students, particularly students of color, are understood, little is known about how they navigate their search for home. Drawing upon a symbolic interactionist approach and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Freshmen, Campuses, Minority Group Students
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Manning-Ouellette, Amber; Friesen, Katherine; Parrott, Allie – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
This study examined the experiences of first-semester college women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields participating in a leadership service-learning course. The participants were first-year students in the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program at a large, public, four-year midwestern institution. We used…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Females, Service Learning, STEM Education
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Weiss, H. Anne; Fosnacht, Kevin – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
Creating educated and informed citizens for our diverse democracy has long been one of the objectives of the U.S. educational system. Traditionally, service-learning has been the primary tool for colleges and universities to promote civic outcomes; however, other practices, particularly those requiring substantial student investments of time and…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Knowledge Level, Democracy, Democratic Values
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Crawford, Lizabeth A.; Novak, Katherine B. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2018
In this prospective study, we assess the relationship between being with high school friends during the college transition and binge drinking. Across analyses (n = 489), the presence of high school friends during the college transition was associated with reduced binge drinking at the end of the first college semester among individuals at risk for…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Friendship, Drinking, Alcohol Abuse
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