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Graham, Michael; Wayne, Ivan; Moore, Susannah M.; Coffey, Brittany; Vaughan, Angela L. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2023
The purpose of this study was to assess differences in four-year persistence and graduation rates between students who participated in a research-based academic first-year seminar (n = 385) and a matched quasi-control group who did not (n = 385). Although research has consistently identified positive outcomes for students who participate in these…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, School Holding Power, Graduation Rate, College Students
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Konkel, Margaret T. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2023
Despite the demands for innovation, adaptability, and creative problem-solving as seen in the fourth Industrial Revolution, many institutions of higher education struggle to center creativity in the learning experience. This qualitative, grounded theory study examines how first-year courses using design thinking approaches can introduce creativity…
Descriptors: Creativity, Student Attitudes, Self Concept, College Freshmen
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Ampaw, Frim; Drevon, Jennifer; Rossman, Dani; Rutt Williams, Sarah; Evans, Zachary – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2023
This study quantitatively examines how students' cocurricular involvement in their first year of college relates to their pre-college attributes and perceptions of the role of cocurricular involvement on employability. We situate this study in Astin's (1984) theory of student involvement, Ajzen and Fishbein's (1980) theory of reasoned action, and…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, College Freshmen, Extracurricular Activities, Participation
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Evans-Tokaryk, Tyler; Burazin, Andie; deBraga, Michael; Goodman, Jackie; Kaler, Michael; Klubi, Thomas – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2023
First-year seminars that teach foundational academic skills are common in universities around the world, but few studies have been conducted to determine whether the specific skills students develop in these courses transfer to other academic contexts. Our research presents a case study that addresses this gap by measuring students' perceptions of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Transfer of Training, First Year Seminars, Test Wiseness
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Nolan, Megan T.; Capitano, Johnna; Mishra, Vipanchi – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2023
To shed light on how first-year (FY) experiences affect student well-being, the current study used Saks and Gruman's (2018) socialization resources theory to examine the mediating effect of student course engagement on the relationship between FY onboarding usefulness perceptions and changes in student satisfaction and depression. Additionally,…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, School Orientation, Student Attitudes, Well Being
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Contreras, Lauren R.; Kiyama, Judy Marquez – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
This qualitative research study with Latina/o/x students and families who participated in a college outreach program found families imparted community cultural wealth and funds of knowledge that their children activated as they transitioned to college. The students experienced challenges due to immigration status, finances, and cultural…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, College Students, Cultural Capital, Cultural Background
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Havey, Nicholas; Schalewski, Lucas – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
Universities have long sought to contribute to civic engagement and democratic participation by their development of students. This study examines political orientation changes that occur within the first year of college and student background characteristics, plans, and experiences that predict these changes. Descriptive statistics first describe…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Attitude Change, College Freshmen, Influences
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Nguyen, David J.; Copeland, Olivia M.; Renn, Kristen A. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
While much research has examined lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ+) students' high school and college-going experiences, few studies have explored what LGBQ+ students consider during their college choice process. Utilizing Hossler and Gallagher's (1987) three-stage college choice model, this study analyzed 14 semi-structured interviews with…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, College Bound Students, College Choice, Decision Making
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Clayton, Ashley B.; Worsham, Rachel E.; Reavis, Grey – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
Summer melt occurs when a student who intends to go to college does not enroll in the fall semester after senior year. The purpose of this study was to examine why high school graduates, who in the spring of their senior year of high school had intentions to go to college, did not enroll in college the fall semester immediately after graduation…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Decision Making, Enrollment, High School Graduates
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Le, Thanh M.; Dika, Sandra L.; D'Amico, Mark M.; Wang, Yi – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
Despite significant policy and practitioner attention to transfer, scholarship on post-transfer experiences at the four-year institution is limited. In this study, we used confirmatory factor analysis to explore the model fit of the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) indicator model for persisting transfer students at a single…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Transfer Students, Construct Validity, Student Surveys
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Soria, Krista M. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
The purpose of this paper was to examine whether there is an effect of common reading program participation on first-year students' academic engagement, faculty interactions, and sense of belonging. Using a multi-institutional sample, propensity score matching, and linear regression techniques, the results suggest that common reading programs have…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Nachman, Brett Ranon – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
Prior research illustrates the predominance of autistic college students experiencing challenges in advocating for themselves. Drawing on Test and colleagues' (2005) four factors of self-advocacy, this qualitative case study examines how an autism-specific college support program (ASP) in a community college contributes to autistic college…
Descriptors: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Self Advocacy, Community Colleges, Community College Students
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Zhang, Liyun; Irvin, Matthew J.; Friedman, Daniel B. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
The use of peer leaders as a component of first-year seminars (FYSs) is designed to assist in the academic success of first-year college students. Although the positive impact of peer leaders is well established, the understanding regarding the mechanisms through which peer leaders influence students' academic achievement and persistence is still…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Peer Relationship, Leadership, First Year Seminars
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Hadi, Narges; Spott, Jessica L.; Higgins, Raegan – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
This qualitative study explored the challenges that Hispanic and African American students experience during their education in STEM fields at community colleges. Students from four community colleges across Texas participated in this study. Drawing from focus group interviews, three themes were identified as self-perceived challenges to degree…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Student Experience, STEM Education, Community College Students
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Metzger, Kelsey J.; Wright, Jake; Erdmann, Robert M.; Lemer, Bronson; Olson, Rachel L. – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
We investigated changes in students' reported sense of community in the context of a one-semester first-year seminar course using the Community and School Community Inventory (CSCI) research instrument across two years with differing instructional formats. We report a statistically significant increase in students' sense of perceived classroom…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, First Year Seminars, College Freshmen, Identification (Psychology)
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