EdD (Doctor of Education)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Dr. Bethany Flora
Dr. Susan Epps, Dr. Catherine Glascock, Dr. Don Good
The purpose of this study was to examine the association between the retention rate and 9 firstyear student programs at Liberal Arts Colleges in the Mountain South, a region in the southern Appalachian Mountains of the United States. Nine first-year programs were studied: Summer Bridge Programs, Preterm Orientation, Outdoor Adventure Orientation, Targeted Seminars, Learning Communities, Early Warning/Early Alert Systems, Service Learning, Undergraduate Research, and Assessment. The data for this study were accessed via the college database of The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 2013). Chi Square tests were used for analysis to identify associations between first-year student retention and the presence of each of the 9 programs. The results indicated that the presence of each of the 9 first-year programs was not significantly related to first-year student retention.
Dissertation - Open Access
Howard, Jeff S., "Student Retention and First-Year Programs: A Comparison of Students in Liberal Arts Colleges in the Mountain South" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2270. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2270
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