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The first-year seminar as a means of improving college graduation rates


Author(s): Schnell, C. A., Louis, K. S., & Doetkott, C.

Citation: Schnell, C. A., Louis, K. S., & Doetkott, C. (2003). The first-year seminar as a means of improving college graduation rates. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 15(1), 53-76.

 

Abstract

This study of 1,700 students was designed to determine whether college graduation rates of entering students enrolled in a first-year seminar during academic years 1991 through 1994 at a medium-sized, public midwestern university significantly differed from those of a matched comparison group not enrolled in the seminar. Analysis indicated significantly greater graduation rates for those enrolled in the seminar. Logistic regression analysis of the results identified high school decile, high school class size, seminar, and ACT scores as factors impacting graduation rates.

 

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