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Alhaddab, Taghreed A.; Aquino, Katherine C. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
This study is an examination of the relationship between participation in precollege outreach programs and students' college access patterns (i.e., enrollment patterns and timing in postsecondary institutions), comparing different racial/ ethnic groups. The study included a series of logistic regression models to investigate relationships between…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, College Bound Students, Outreach Programs, College Attendance
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Heller, Monica L.; Cassady, Jerrell C. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
The current study explored the impact of internal and external barriers (e.g., academic anxiety, employment) that place subgroups of college students at risk for academic failure in the first year. The mitigating potential of academic resource management strategies (e.g., time-study environment) was also examined. In a sample of 885 first-semester…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Freshmen, Barriers
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Olson, Joann S. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
College student persistence is of the most challenging issues currently facing higher education. This study is an exploration of grit, tenacity, and perseverance as demonstrated by 43 first-year students at a small, teaching-intensive university in South Texas in response to two required exercises assigned in a first-year seminar. Student…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, Academic Persistence, Assignments
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Hansen, Michele JoAnn; Schmidt, Lauren – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
Students often participate in a myriad of academic support programs offered during the first year of college. This study is an investigation of the effects of participation in multiple high-impact educational practices on academic success outcomes (cumulative GPAs and persistence rates) among 2,028 first-year students. Results suggest that the…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Readiness, Educational Practices, Grade Point Average
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Lovell, Elyse D'nn; Munn, Nathan – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
This study explores Introduction to Psychology students' learning preferences and their personal search for meaning while considering their parental status. The findings suggest that parents show preferences for project-based learning and have lower levels of searching for meaning than non-parents. When parental status, age, and finances were…
Descriptors: Psychology, College Students, Student Attitudes, Preferences
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Williams-Klotz, Denise N.; Gansemer-Topf, Ann M. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
This study summarizes the qualitative findings from a multi-institutional study about the college transition experiences of military and veteran students, specifically students' articulation of their needs. Findings reveal (a) a lack of inprocessing, (b) need for community, and (c) institutional invisibility. Using the Student Veteran Transition…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Veterans, Veterans Education, College Students
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Hammond, Marie S. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
Most universities provide career development services to their students. Research on the effectiveness of these services in promoting retention and graduation is minimal and focused on global outcomes rather than differences among participants. Research to date suggests that between three and nine clusters (groups) of individuals would benefit…
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Planning, Intervention, Career Choice
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Shaw, Stacy T.; Chin-Newman, Christina S. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
Although degrees are awarded to students individually, often the processes by which students accomplish this feat are a communal effort. Transfer students, in particular, face a unique set of challenges when transitioning from community college to a four-year university. For this study, three focus groups were conducted with a total of 14 students…
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Undergraduate Students
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DeMarinis, Mary; Beaulieu, Jacqueline; Cull, Ian; Abd-El-Aziz, Alaa – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
This study is a mixed-methods research project designed to measure the effectiveness of a peer mentor program in meeting institutional goals such as increased academic performance and retention. The results suggest that peers are useful in helping students manage the demands of the first year by normalizing the experience and linking the students…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Program Effectiveness, Mentors, College Freshmen
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Steele, John Paul; Robertson, Sarah Nicole; Mandernach, B. Jean – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of instructor-generated video lectures as means of increasing students' perceived teacher presence within the online classroom. Additionally, students' survey results were used to measure the differential value of teaching presence for instructor-generated, personalized versus non-personalized…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Lecture Method, Teacher Student Relationship, Online Courses
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Kahn, Jeffrey H.; Kasky-Hern├índez, Lynda M.; Ambrose, Pamm; French, Sarah – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
Stress associated with the college transition can bring about depression and anxiety symptoms, but family relationships can reduce the impact of stress. We hypothesized that secure attachment to parents, comfort with talking about stressors, and family support would reduce the strength of the relationships between transition-related stress and…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Stress Management, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety
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Yogan, Lissa; Freedle, Agata; Ringenberg, Matthew – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2017
This study explored the effects of parents' and students' communication patterns on students' social, emotional, and academic adjustment to college. It matched 118 pairs of parents and students (n = 236) and asked them to report their frequency and mode of communication, as well as the first-year students' perceived adjustment to college. The…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Social Adjustment
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Engberg, Mark E.; Davidson, Lisa M. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2016
Given the growing emphasis on internationalization and the requisite intercultural skills and temperament necessary in a global society, this study examines the relationship between precollege engagement and entering dispositions on a developmentally based set of global perspective outcomes. Based on a multi-institutional sample of 3,131 entering,…
Descriptors: Student Development, College Freshmen, Prior Learning, Learner Engagement
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Korgan, Christos; Durdella, Nathan – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2016
Students' success in overcoming difficult academic and social circumstances is tied to educational resilience, yet the current body of literature fails to unpack the complexities of resilience in relation to students' interpretation of themselves and environmental messages. To examine this phenomenon, this study used a narrative inquiry approach…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Resilience (Psychology), Family Influence, Peer Influence
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Yazedjian, Ani; Toews, Michelle L. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2016
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate the Parental Support Scale-Student Version (PSS-SV), a measure examining students' perceptions of how their parents supported them as they navigated the college environment. A total of 1,351 students participated in the study. After conducting an exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis,…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Measures (Individuals), Test Construction
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