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Tieben, Nicole – Research in Higher Education, 2020
A considerable proportion of students in Germany has graduated from vocational training before entering higher education. With this paper we examined how these students progress through higher education. We argue that successful graduation is the result of a sequence of decisions and decompose the trajectories through higher education to…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Higher Education, Decision Making, Dropouts
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Lens, Dries; Levrau, Fran├žois – Research in Higher Education, 2020
Discussions about social justice imply discussions about higher education. After all, a whole set of literature has illustrated how ethnic minority students face all types of difficulties to become successful at college level. In line with this literature, the present research offers a case study of one Flemish University nested in a growing…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Ethnic Groups, Minority Group Students, Academic Achievement
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Bowman, Nicholas A.; Jang, Nayoung; Kivlighan, D. Martin; Schneider, Nancy; Ye, Xiaomeng – Research in Higher Education, 2020
Many degree-seeking college students struggle academically and ultimately never graduate. Academic challenges and persistence within the major are especially salient issues for students who major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Academic probation serves as a means for informing students that they are at risk of dismissal, and…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Engineering Education, Academic Achievement, At Risk Students
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Miller, Graham N. S. – Research in Higher Education, 2020
Comprehensive institutions (CIs) have long been characterized as middling universities with a confused identity and purpose. Yet, their historical origins demonstrate that they have served as an important point of access into higher education for marginalized student groups. Still, there remains little consensus over which institutions are CIs and…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Institutional Characteristics, Definitions
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Weisser, Reinhard A. – Research in Higher Education, 2020
In this paper I investigate undergraduate students' discrete location choices in presence of a plethora of potential destinations and psychic costs. I demonstrate how enrolment into institutions of tertiary education is influenced by personality and social preferences. More importantly, these individual traits are found to affect the valuation of…
Descriptors: College Choice, Personality Traits, Decision Making, Correlation
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Favero, Nathan; Rutherford, Amanda – Research in Higher Education, 2020
This study considers whether performance funding policies systematically tend to harm some types of institutions of higher education while helping others. Building on theories of deck stacking and institutional stratification, a formal theoretical model of the effects of performance funding policies on individual institutions is developed and…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Higher Education, Educational Quality, Educational Policy
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Kim, Jeongeun; Ott, Molly; Dippold, Lindsey – Research in Higher Education, 2020
Over 50,000 Ph.D. degrees in Science and Engineering (S&E) are awarded annually by United States (U.S.) universities, but few studies have systematically considered how the various aspects of doctoral training can influence the occupational outcomes of S&E doctoral graduates. This inquiry draws from the National Science Foundation's…
Descriptors: Science Education, Engineering Education, Scientists, Doctoral Programs
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Culver, K. C.; Bowman, Nicholas A. – Research in Higher Education, 2020
First-year seminars are frequently designed to help students adjust to and succeed in college. Although considerable literature has explored this topic, many previous studies may have notable problems with self-selection, since students who choose to participate are likely more motivated academically than those who do not. Therefore, this study…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, Student Adjustment, Student Satisfaction
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Pu, Shi; Yan, Yu; Zhang, Liang – Research in Higher Education, 2020
This study provides empirical evidence related to two critical assumptions in the student engagement literature in higher education--namely, the malleability of study effort and the causality of the relationship between study effort and student outcomes. We merged student-level administrative data on dormitory assignments, study effort in a hybrid…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Dormitories, Peer Influence
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Rocconi, Louis M.; Dumford, Amber D.; Butler, Brenna – Research in Higher Education, 2020
Researchers, assessment professionals, and faculty in higher education increasingly depend on survey data from students to make pivotal curricular and programmatic decisions. The surveys collecting these data often require students to judge frequency (e.g., how often), quantity (e.g., how much), or intensity (e.g., how strongly). The response…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, College Students, Rating Scales, Response Style (Tests)
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Keung, Chrysa Pui Chi; Ho, Esther Sui Chu – Research in Higher Education, 2020
Past studies have supported the view that parent background and family socioeconomic status determine the post-secondary educational expectations of adolescents. They build on Pierre Bourdieu's social reproduction theory, but do not fully explain why some adolescents aspire to post-secondary education and some do not. The capability approach…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Adolescent Attitudes
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Kulp, Amanda M. – Research in Higher Education, 2020
This study presents new findings on tenure-track job outcomes for mothers who parented children during graduate school. Using NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates (2000-2005) and Survey of Doctorate Recipients data (2000-2013), I explore how PhD mothers' accumulation of career-related resources in graduate school influences their likelihood of…
Descriptors: Mothers, College Faculty, Tenure, Child Rearing
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Kelchen, Robert – Research in Higher Education, 2020
Policymakers have been debating the Bennett Hypothesis--whether colleges increase tuition after the federal government increases access to student loans--for decades. Yet most of the prior research has focused on studying small changes to loan limits or Pell Grants for undergraduate students. In this study, I examine whether business schools (the…
Descriptors: Business Schools, Medical Schools, Federal Aid, Student Loan Programs
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Moore, Joann L.; Cruce, Ty M. – Research in Higher Education, 2020
Students' choice of college major is related to their interests (Porter and Umbach in Res High Educ 47:429-449, 2006), and students whose major is well-aligned with their interests are more likely to persist in that major (Allen and Robbins in Res Higher Educ 49(1):62-79, 2008) and complete a college degree in a timely manner (Allen and Robbins in…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Majors (Students), Student Interests, Academic Persistence
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Park, Julie J.; Kim, Young K.; Salazar, Cinthya; Hayes, Shannon – Research in Higher Education, 2020
Previous studies have documented student-faculty interaction in STEM, but fewer studies have specifically studied negative forms of interaction such as discrimination from faculty. Using a sample of 562 STEM undergraduates from the National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen, we use hierarchical generalized linear modeling to investigate various…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, STEM Education, Race, Ethnicity
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