The Roles of Social and Academic Engagement, and Perceptions of Belonging in a Model of Student Persistence

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Title:
The Roles of Social and Academic Engagement, and Perceptions of Belonging in a Model of Student Persistence
Physical Description:
1 online resource (90 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Starobin, Jean Elizabeth
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ed.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Higher Education Administration, Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
Committee Chair:
MILLER,DAVID
Committee Co-Chair:
SANDEEN,CARL A
Committee Members:
CAMPBELL,DALE FRANKLIN
SMITH,SCOT EARLE

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
engagement -- involvement -- retention
Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Higher Education Administration thesis, Ed.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
The present quantitative study investigated the relationship between academic engagement, social engagement, and perceptions of belonging on retention among freshman and sophomore students at a major Florida university. The research explored self-reported levels of academic engagement, extra-curricular activities, and perceptions of belonging as reported on the spring 2011 Student Experience in the Research University survey (SERU). In addition, the study measured the predictive value of patterns of academic engagement, social engagement, perceptions of belonging, and student characteristics relative to retention based on SERU participants' subsequent enrollment in the fall 2012. An analysis of both past and extant literature concerning retention issues revealed that retention is strongly linked to the student's involvement both socially and academically at the institution. This study employed demographic and enrollment student data gathered by the University's Office of Institutional Research and Planning and self-reported data concerning engagement behaviors, as well as perceptions of belonging at the institution. Retained students were identified through fall 2012 enrollment records. Inferential statistics were employed to create a portrait of retained and non-retained students. Logistic regression analysis was completed to generate a parsimonious model predicting college student retention.Results from this research indicated that social engagement is a far greater predictor of retention than academic engagement or perceptions of belonging. Additionally, data from this study indicated specific demographic characteristics influence retention: race/ethnicity, parental education, and socioeconomic status. The amount of financial aid as designated by loans acted as an indicator for socioeconomic status in this study. Housing status on campus was also relevant for the student's successful retention at this institution. Further investigation into the academic processes need to be examined as they relate to retention and sub-populations within the landscape of large, public institutions.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Jean Elizabeth Starobin.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: MILLER,DAVID.
Local:
Co-adviser: SANDEEN,CARL A.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046526:00001