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"Ain't I A Woman?": Black Women Negotiate And Resist Systemic Oppression In Undergraduate Engineering And Mathematics Disciplines, Jessica Alyce Wilson Feb 2018

"Ain't I A Woman?": Black Women Negotiate And Resist Systemic Oppression In Undergraduate Engineering And Mathematics Disciplines, Jessica Alyce Wilson

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In this inquiry I used Black Feminist Thought as the interpretive lens to investigate the characterizations and experiences of high achieving Black women undergraduate engineering and mathematics majors at a predominantly white institution. The qualitative inquiry considered intersecting oppressions to evaluate the experiences of this population. In particular, Black women operate in the intersection of race and gender, thus for a thorough analysis of their engineering and mathematics experiences to occur, the historical context of the United States and its oppressive structures must be considered. Stereotypes and systemic oppression follow this socially constructed identity as the participants enter the fields ...


Predicting Student Persistence Of Community College Transfer Students To A Large, Urban, Transfer Destination Four-Year Institution, Megan M. Scherzberg Jan 2017

Predicting Student Persistence Of Community College Transfer Students To A Large, Urban, Transfer Destination Four-Year Institution, Megan M. Scherzberg

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the predictors of community college transfer student success. Through exploring student demographics and background characteristics (e.g. race/ethnicity, gender, first-generation student status, socioeconomic status, number of transfer credit hours, attempted/completed credits), significant predictors of community college transfer student persistence and completion can be identified and further explored. Specifically, the study examines three goals: a) the demographic and student characteristics of community college transfer students that influence persistence and completion, b) evidence of transfer shock and its longitudinal effect on student persistence and completion, c) and the identification of equity gaps ...


Exploring The Transition Experiences Of Successful International Undergraduate Students At A Public Research University In The Usa: The Impact On International Student Success And Retention, Laurie-Ann M. Spencer Jul 2016

Exploring The Transition Experiences Of Successful International Undergraduate Students At A Public Research University In The Usa: The Impact On International Student Success And Retention, Laurie-Ann M. Spencer

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This qualitative study utilized surveys, interviews and document review to explore the transition experiences of international students at a large, public research university, specifically as it relates to their persistence and success. Within the context of challenges that they face, the study examined factors that the students perceived as jeopardizing their success and further explored both institutional and personal factors these students perceived as enhancing their success and persistence.

Findings revealed that academic challenges tended to occur during the first year and included teaching styles, course-load/assignments, language issues, time management and understanding the US academic system. Social and cultural ...


Retention And Persistence Through The Lens Of Four Black Women Community College Students, Glennda M. Bivens Jan 2016

Retention And Persistence Through The Lens Of Four Black Women Community College Students, Glennda M. Bivens

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This study focused on how four Black women described their retention and persistence; how institutional retention efforts support or hinder Black women’s perceptions of their ability to persist; and how institutional programs, processes, and policies can be transformed to support the retention and persistence of Black women attending community college. In 2012, 38 percent of Black women in college were enrolled in community colleges, 60 percent were over the age of 25, and 65.3 percent were considered low income.

Although there has been extensive research conducted on retention and persistence broadly, only two studies were identified that focused ...


Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship Program: The Effects Of Losing Merit-Based Financial Aid On Persistence, Robert Laws Liddell Nov 2015

Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship Program: The Effects Of Losing Merit-Based Financial Aid On Persistence, Robert Laws Liddell

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College completion agendas necessarily presume year-to-year student persistence. Institutional efforts to retain admitted students has emerged for a variety of reasons, some intrinsic and others extrinsic. Some of these reasons include (1) financial exigency as institutions strive to retain tuition-paying students or meet prescribed enrollment and retention criteria currently used in performance funding strategies; (2) reputation enhancement as institutions attempt to ascend annual publications such as the U.S. News & World Report which rely on retention rates as one of several indicators used to measure institutional quality; (3) gaining a perceived advantage in admissions, marketing, and fundraising as persistence rates have, for better or worse, become a de facto measure of quality undergraduate programs; and (4) mission ...


Boots On The Ground: Examining Transition Factors For Military And Veteran Student Academic Success, Denise Nicole Williams Jan 2015

Boots On The Ground: Examining Transition Factors For Military And Veteran Student Academic Success, Denise Nicole Williams

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The number of military and veteran students entering higher education continues to grow rapidly; nevertheless, there is a paucity of institutional research from which to draw recommendations about how the college transition translates to academic success and persistence. The purpose of this study was to identify the demographic characteristics, financial, academic, and personal experiences and campus relationships during military and veteran students' transitions to a college or university that predict grade point average (GPA) and intent to return. This study utilized a cross-sectional, non-experimental survey design to determine the relationship between study factors, cumulative GPA, and the level to which ...


Relationship Between First-Generation College Students' Expectations For Experiences With Faculty Members And Students' Success After The First Year, Christina D. Nelson Jan 2015

Relationship Between First-Generation College Students' Expectations For Experiences With Faculty Members And Students' Success After The First Year, Christina D. Nelson

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As the landscape of higher education changes to allow increased access for first-generation college students (FGS), emerging research should take into account the unique nature of this at-risk population of students (Aspelmeier, Love, McGill, Elliott, & Pierce, 2012). These students tend to be less prepared for the rigors of college coursework (Horn & Bobbitt, 2000; Strayhorn, 2006; Thayer, 2000) and may lack appropriate expectations (Pascarella, Pierson, Wolniak, & Terenzini, 2004). In particular, FGS may struggle with understanding the importance of creating and maintaining relationships with faculty (Cotten & Wilson, 2006; Davis, 2010).

In order to discover any correlation between expectations for experiences with faculty and student success, as measured by cumulative first-year grade point average (GPA) and persistence to the second year of college, this study utilized Astin's Inputs-Environment-Outcomes (I-E-O) model. Astin's I-E-O model outlines the relationship between inputs, environment, and ...


The Relationship Between Living Learning Communities And Student Success On First-Year And Second-Year Students At The University Of South Florida, Mark Martin Stier May 2014

The Relationship Between Living Learning Communities And Student Success On First-Year And Second-Year Students At The University Of South Florida, Mark Martin Stier

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The college experience for many students is an exciting and sometimes awe-inspiring journey. For the first time many students find themselves responsible for making life altering decisions that will determine the course of their adult lives for years to come. They are making the decisions to participate in specific academic majors, a variety of housing options and a multitude of extra-curricular activities. Unfortunately, without proper guidance and structure many of these students find themselves unable to cope with the new challenges of academia, faculty staff interaction, peer relationships and financial obligations. It is because of these challenges that institutions of ...


The Unexpected Talented Tenth: Black D/Deaf Students Thriving Within The Margins, Lissa Denielle Stapleton Jan 2014

The Unexpected Talented Tenth: Black D/Deaf Students Thriving Within The Margins, Lissa Denielle Stapleton

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This study grew out of my own lived experiences working with d/Deaf college students as well as a handful of issues uncovered within the literature, particularly around racist and audist microaggressions on campus. In hopes of gaining insight into these issues, six Black d/Deaf alumni, which I refer to as the Unexpected Talented Tenth, joined me on a strength-based journey to co-construct the answers to three questions: (a) How did they make meaning of their undergraduate experiences? (b) How did they experience racial and audist microaggressions while navigating undergrad? (c) How did they use aspects of Black d ...


A Quantitative Analysis Of A Mandatory Student Success Course On First-Time Full-Time Student College Academic Progress And Persistence, Laurel Beth Klinkenberg Jan 2013

A Quantitative Analysis Of A Mandatory Student Success Course On First-Time Full-Time Student College Academic Progress And Persistence, Laurel Beth Klinkenberg

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Making Their Way: An Interpretive Case Study Of Male First-Generation Students Attending A Highly Selective Liberal Arts College, Mark Richard Peltz Jan 2013

Making Their Way: An Interpretive Case Study Of Male First-Generation Students Attending A Highly Selective Liberal Arts College, Mark Richard Peltz

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This qualitative study focused on the experiences of eight male first-generation college students attending Kenmont College (pseudonym), a highly selective, residential liberal arts college located in the Midwestern United States. While first-generation college students have been studied in various contexts, very little is known about what attracts these students to highly selective institutions, particularly liberal arts colleges, and what environmental attributes influence their curricular and co-curricular experiences through college. Using a collective case study as the methodological roadmap (Case, 1995), the students, each viewed as a distinct case, were purposively selected from a sample of 28 male first-generation students who ...


The Relationship Of Perceived Intellectual And Social Attainment To Academic Success Of First-Generation, First-Year College Students Participating In A First Generation Access Program, Dyonne Michelle Bergeron Jan 2013

The Relationship Of Perceived Intellectual And Social Attainment To Academic Success Of First-Generation, First-Year College Students Participating In A First Generation Access Program, Dyonne Michelle Bergeron

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The purpose of this study was to advance understanding of perceived intellectual and social attainment gains of first-generation, first-year college students participating in First Generation Access Programs at the University of South Florida (USF), a large, public research university in Florida. Understanding the self-reported intellectual and personal/social gains of these students in higher education can lead to higher retention rates, creative strategies that promote academic success, affective cognitive and personal development activities and services that meet the needs of this rapidly growing at-risk student population with their persistence and transition to college.

Researchers have sought to examine variables that ...


How Do Academic Advisers Use Map-Works When Advising First-Year Direct From High School Freshmen, Kristin Marie Mauro Jan 2013

How Do Academic Advisers Use Map-Works When Advising First-Year Direct From High School Freshmen, Kristin Marie Mauro

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The purpose of this research was to examine the efficacy of the MAP-Works retention tool. MAP-Works is an online survey given to all first-year direct from high school freshmen that predicts individual student's risk for experiencing academic difficulty within their first year of college.

This dissertation identifies the extent to which academic advisers at a large Midwestern Research institution utilize the MAP-Works survey results when advising first-year direct from high school freshmen as well as how they use MAP-Works survey data during their advising appointments. Academic advisers' opinions on the efficacy and usefulness of the MAP-Works tool were ...


An Exploration Of Undeclared Students' Expectations Of Experiences For Faculty Interactions And Co-Curricular Involvement, Lorie Anne Kittendorf Jan 2012

An Exploration Of Undeclared Students' Expectations Of Experiences For Faculty Interactions And Co-Curricular Involvement, Lorie Anne Kittendorf

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Student persistence and achievement are areas of significant concern for institutions of higher education. With national college graduation rates hovering in the 50% range, it is important for colleges and universities to understand which student characteristics and campus environments lead to greater success, as well as the expectations students have of the college experience.

Research on undeclared students is vast and dates back more than 70 years, and many of the seminal studies and respected research data have led to the perception that they are at higher risk of attrition and have lower levels of academic achievement than their declared ...


Examining Student Achievement And Curriculum In A Nursing Program At A Midwestern Community College, Sandra Elaine Cooper Jan 2012

Examining Student Achievement And Curriculum In A Nursing Program At A Midwestern Community College, Sandra Elaine Cooper

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The purpose of this study was to examine the pathway model of a nursing curriculum and evaluate the relationship and predictive ability of demographic and academic variables on the success or failure of those taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) and to determine the impact of noncognitive role variables to student outcomes. A retrospective exploratory study was conducted using a purposive sample of 225 students admitted between 2007 and 2009 to an associate degree nursing program at a large Midwestern community college. Demographic and academic variables of age, prior degrees, Test of Essential Academic Skills ...


Self-Directed Learning Characteristics Of First-Generation, First-Year College Students Participating In A Summer Bridge Program, Jeffrey Drummond Hall Jan 2011

Self-Directed Learning Characteristics Of First-Generation, First-Year College Students Participating In A Summer Bridge Program, Jeffrey Drummond Hall

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The purpose of this study was to advance understanding of self-directed learning characteristics of first-year, first-generation college students participating in a summer bridge program. Understanding the experience of these students in higher education can lead to the development of programmatic and pedagogical strategies to better meet the needs of this at-risk student population.

This study was conducted at the University of South Florida (USF), a large, public research university in Tampa. Participants were recruited from the Freshman Summer Institute (FSI), a summer bridge program for first-generation students at USF.

Theoretical frameworks from higher education and adult education literature merged to ...


Earning College Credit In High School: Variables That Predict Persistence To The Second Year Of College, Brenda Caroline Buzynski Jan 2011

Earning College Credit In High School: Variables That Predict Persistence To The Second Year Of College, Brenda Caroline Buzynski

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This research examined positive and negative aspects of high school students earning college credit. Precollege characteristics--high school academic performance, college credit earned in high school, and academic performance during the first year of college--were analyzed to predict student persistence to the second year of college. Academic performance and persistence rate to the second year of college were compared between students who had and had not earned college credit in high school. Consistently, for each of the five years, the first-semester college mean GPA was always higher among students who had earned college credit in high school than that of students ...


Linking Adult Learner Satisfaction With Retention: The Role Of Background Characteristics, Academic Characteristics, And Satisfaction Upon Retention, Karen Tjossem Anderson Jan 2011

Linking Adult Learner Satisfaction With Retention: The Role Of Background Characteristics, Academic Characteristics, And Satisfaction Upon Retention, Karen Tjossem Anderson

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Adult students are an important and viable clientele for colleges and universities today. They provide additional tuition revenue, bring the richness and variety of their knowledge and life experience to the classroom, and present additional challenges and opportunities for institutions that choose to serve this group.

Adult learners have different characteristics than traditional students, which result in different enrollment patterns. Adult learner retention is often influenced by factors outside the institution, such as family and work commitments as well as financial considerations. Adult learners view education as a product to be consumed, and their satisfaction with the product influences their ...


The Role Of Program Climate And Socialization In The Retention Of Engineering Undergraduates, Heather Elizabeth Ureksoy Jan 2011

The Role Of Program Climate And Socialization In The Retention Of Engineering Undergraduates, Heather Elizabeth Ureksoy

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Increasing women's participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can promote a healthy economy by ensuring a diverse and well-qualified STEM workforce, not only in the quantity of females in the workforce, but diversity in thinking and creativity. It will also send a positive message to young women about the breadth of educational opportunities and career choices they have available to them. However, women continue to participate in engineering education in a far lower rate than men. Attracting and retaining female students has become a challenging problem for the academic engineering community. In this study ...


Business Internships And Their Relationship With Retention, Academic Performance, And Degree Completion, Robert Bruce Walker Jan 2011

Business Internships And Their Relationship With Retention, Academic Performance, And Degree Completion, Robert Bruce Walker

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The purpose of this study was to understand the relationship between internships and grade point average, retention, and persistence to degree completion for business students in a private, not-for-profit, 4-year, liberal arts baccalaureate institution. Research has indicated benefits for students and schools involved in internship programs. Student retention and persistence has become an important measure of institutional efficiency. Student involvement, as well as academic and social integration, have been linked to increased retention and degree completion. A well-structured internship should increase student involvement and academic and social integration leading to increased retention, persistence, and degree completion. This study sought to ...


The Relationship Of College Credit Earned While In High School To First-Semester College Gpa And Persistence To The Second College Year, Kimberly J. Fara Jan 2010

The Relationship Of College Credit Earned While In High School To First-Semester College Gpa And Persistence To The Second College Year, Kimberly J. Fara

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The purpose of this study was to examine how a student's college academic success at Iowa State University (ISU) is related to college credit earning while in high school. The unit of analysis for this research was first time full time first year students who entered ISU in the fall semester of 2006, 2007, and 2008. This study examined the relationships between students' college credit earning while in high school, background attributes such as high school grade point average (GPA) and/or ACT/SAT scores, and their college academic success as measured by GPA and persistence to the second ...


Leading Them To Water: A Study Of The Efficacy Of A Mandatory Placement Project In First-Year Academic Courses At A Community College, Janet Elizabeth Emmerson Jan 2009

Leading Them To Water: A Study Of The Efficacy Of A Mandatory Placement Project In First-Year Academic Courses At A Community College, Janet Elizabeth Emmerson

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Student retention is a topic at the forefront for all post secondary education institutions. Supporting students in their studies, providing the resources to empower them to complete their education is a critical component in the quality and success of colleges. It is also a fiscal concern for colleges. While first year programs abound, community colleges are faced with the challenges of a largely commuter population with very diverse backgrounds. Community colleges are also by mission, open access institutions.

This quantitative research study looked at a mandatory placement project piloted at a central Iowa community college in 2006 and 2007. It ...