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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
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Dissertation (open access)
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This qualitative study examined the perceptions sophomore students at one public, southeastern doctoral research university had regarding campus resources and the potential impact on their decision to remain enrolled. Using a transcendental phenomenological approach, the researcher conducted individual semi-structured interviews to identify resources four students perceived to have played a role in their retention choices. In addition to the data collected from the student experiences, a review of social media and the student newspaper was conducted. An analysis revealed two themes that impacted students’ decisions: faculty and staff relationships and academic and co-curricular involvement. Findings align with the current literature, and recommendations to higher education leaders are provided to align resources to increase second-to-third-year retention.
Duggar, T. R. (2023). Examining second-rear retention: Student perceptions of campus resources for sophomores. [Doctoral dissertation, Georgia Southern University]. https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/
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