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The first-year seminar as a predictor of academic achievement and persistence


Author(s): Hyers, A. D., & Joslin, M.

Citation: Hyers, A. D., & Joslin, M. (1998). The first-year seminar as a predictor of academic achievement and persistence. Journal of The Freshman Year Experience and Students in Transition, 10(1), 7-30.

 

Abstract

The authors contend that grades earned in a first-year seminar are good predictors of academic achievement and persistence into subsequent years. The study was conducted at a small liberal arts college where the first-year seminar (FYS) is required for all traditional age students. The authors conclude that students earning a C+ or less by mid-semester in FYS require closer attention or intervention to reduce risk of withdrawal.

 

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