EdD (Doctor of Education)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Terrence A. Tollefson
Pamela H. Scott, James H. Lampley, Andrew Czuchry
The purpose of the study was to investigate the associations between first-time full-time freshmen's attributes and fall-to-fall retention at Northeast State Technical Community College. The 15 attributes included age, first-generation student status, gender, high school classification, race, the student's application date to the institution relative to the start of the semester, the 4 ACT test sub-scores, remedial/developmental course placement, major program of study, financial aid status, first-semester grade point average, and end-of-first-semester credit hour enrollment status. In addition to collecting the variables under study, each first-time full-time freshman's entry term and enrollment status for the subsequent fall semester was ascertained. This information was used to categorize individuals into persister and non-persister classifications for the subsequent fall. The data for this longitudinal study were housed in Northeast State's student records database, Student Information System.
A preliminary analysis of the data was conducted to ascertain descriptive statistics. Chi Square and independent samples t tests were used to determine if there was an association between each variable and fall-to-fall retention. A multiple linear regression model was used to estimate the effect of the predictor variables upon the criterion variable, fall-to-fall retention. The results indicated that the variables of age, first-generation student status, gender, and race were not significantly related to fall-to-fall retention, while high school classification, application date, the 4 ACT sub-scores, remedial/developmental course placement, major program of study, financial aid award, first-semester grade point average, and end-of-semester credit hour enrollment status were significantly related to fall-to-fall retention. A multiple linear regression model indicated that the greatest influences upon fall-to-fall retention when researching the collective predictor variables were
- first-semester grade point average,
- the number of remedial/developmental courses required,
- the number of hours in which the student was formally enrolled in at the end of the first semester,
- an application date greater than or equal to 61 days prior to the start of the fall semester,
- receipt of financial aid in the form of Pell Grant funds only (negative association),
- associate of applied science student status (negative association), and
- GED graduate (negative association).
Dissertation - Open Access
Graybeal, Susan E. French, "A Study of First-Time Full-Time Freshmen's Attributes and Their Associations with Fall-to-Fall Retention Rates at a Two-Year Public Community College." (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2038. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2038
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