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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, François – 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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Berthelon, Matias; Bettinger, Eric; Kruger, Diana I.; Montecinos-Pearce, Alejandro – Research in Higher Education, 2019
Peer effects are an important contributing factor in the learning process. Most of the prior literature on peer effects focuses on the characteristics of peers rather than examining the structure of peer networks. We attempt to measure not only the impact of peers but also the structure of the peer network. In particular we are interested in the…
Descriptors: Peer Influence, Networks, Group Dynamics, Student Characteristics
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Beaulac, Cédric; Rosenthal, Jeffrey S. – Research in Higher Education, 2019
In this article, a large data set containing every course taken by every undergraduate student in a major university in Canada over 10 years is analysed. Modern machine learning algorithms can use large data sets to build useful tools for the data provider, in this case, the university. In this article, two classifiers are constructed using random…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Predictor Variables, Undergraduate Students, College Graduates
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Alleman, Nathan F.; Nelson, Justin J.; Cliburn Allen, Cara – Research in Higher Education, 2019
Although tenure denial is a familiar feature of the faculty profession, the dearth of specific research on the subject indicates that it is a phenomenon not sufficiently understood. The analyses that do exist are largely a-theoretical and unsystematic. In this qualitative study, we employed Goffman's social psychological concepts of stigma and…
Descriptors: Tenure, College Faculty, Social Bias, Responsibility
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Judson, Eugene; Ross, Lydia; Glassmeyer, Kristi – Research in Higher Education, 2019
Across disciplines, male faculty spend more time on research than female faculty. Yet, women tend to teach and mentor students more hours than men (Misra et al. in Glob J Eng Educ 14(1):119-131, 2011). These disparities play pivotal roles in tenure and promotion decisions wherein research and leadership roles are most valued (Green in J Soc Work…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Gender Differences, Engineering Education, Leadership
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