Title

University Life 101: The Freshmen Two Years Later

First Presenter's Institution

Francis Marion University

Second Presenter's Institution

Professor

Third Presenter's Institution

Francis Marion University

Fourth Presenter's Institution

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Fifth Presenter's Institution

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Location

Harborside East & West

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

Many of the students we serve at our university come from the state of SC. More specifically, most of our students come from the 13 surrounding counties known as the 'Corridor of Shame.' To that end, the research conducted is with that population of students.

This study examined the learning preferences of freshmen in University LIfe 101. Two years later, we are looking to see if interventions have proven successful in retaining them at the university.

Brief Program Description

Often times, it is difficult at the university level to come up with initiatives to retain students, especially those who may be at-risk. This research sought to identify students whose learning styles may not fit in a traditional realm. Workshops were provided to offer suggestions to those students in terms of accommodating for success. Two years later, data are being collected to determine where those students are and how they are doing academically.

Summary

A survey was administered to freshmen in University Life 101. It was determined if students were traditional or divergent learners. A point biserial analysis indicated that incoming freshmen tend to be more divergent than ever. Workshops were then offered to discuss learning preferences and accommodations with students. Two years later, data are being collected to determine if these students were retained, and if so, where they are now academically.

Evidence

University Life seems to be an initiative thought to help retain college freshmen. Data collected from this study will help determine is that is the case.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Meetze Holcombe is a professor and Associate Dean of the School of Education at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC.

Dr. Bausmith is a professor and Dean of the School of Education at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC.

Dr. Taylor is a professor in the School of Education at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC.

Keyword Descriptors

education, freshmen, learning styles

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

3-7-2017 5:30 PM

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University Life 101: The Freshmen Two Years Later

Harborside East & West

Often times, it is difficult at the university level to come up with initiatives to retain students, especially those who may be at-risk. This research sought to identify students whose learning styles may not fit in a traditional realm. Workshops were provided to offer suggestions to those students in terms of accommodating for success. Two years later, data are being collected to determine where those students are and how they are doing academically.