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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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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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