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Llamas, Jasmin; Malik, Vidur; McKenzie, Matthew R.; Blackburn, Casey; Hendricks, Kathryn; Marinsek, Danielle; Sia, Marissa; Marquez, Rebecca – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2020
The Latinx population continues to be underrepresented in higher education.This qualitative study explored the perceptions of 137 Latinx first-year students on factors that affected their college adjustment. Two primary domains emerged through consensual qualitative research analysis: (a) Detrimental Factors (i.e., issues that hindered adjustment)…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Hispanic American Students, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes
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Doran, Erin; Hengesteg, Paul – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2020
The Ascender program was created in 2012 by Catch the Next Inc., to address the challenges of increasing community college retention and transfer rates, especially among Latinx students in developmental education. This study looks at the experiences of participants in this program and how it provided validating experiences and fostered their…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs
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Schriver, Jennifer; Teske, Nicole – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2020
College seniors face several potential stressors associated with the transition from college to career. This study examined the types of concerns reported by 320 college seniors and the degree of stress associated with these concerns. Researchers measured coping strategies with a focus on the use of problem-focused versus emotion-focused coping.…
Descriptors: College Seniors, Coping, Stress Variables, Adjustment (to Environment)
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McGowan, Brian L.; Pérez, David – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2020
Summer bridge programs are cited as a beneficial precursor for historically underrepresented students who are transitioning from high school to college. Using Yosso's (2005) community cultural wealth framework, this exploratory study examined how 11 Black undergraduate men gained familial, navigational, and aspirational capital through their men's…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, African American Students, Males, Cultural Capital
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Anderson, Darshon; Martens, Heather; Baldwin, Amy; Bruick, Thomas; Simon, Joan – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2020
Successful first-year college experiences require transitioning from comfortable high school habits to new, and sometimes difficult, college standards. Academically underprepared students bear an additional transitional burden during this time; they must successfully complete remedial courses before they can move into major coursework. Many of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Performance Factors, Selective Admission, Student Adjustment
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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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