Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2002

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Nancy J. Evans

Abstract

This study assessed the extent to which enrollment in learning communities predicted the first-year GPAs and retention rates of first-generation students enrolled at Iowa State University. First-year first- and second-generation students who lived in the residence halls during the first-semester of enrollment were divided into two cohorts based on year of enrollment (1999 n = 370 and 2000 n = 347). Using the statistical methods of analysis of variance and logistic regression, models were tested to determine the impact of learning community enrollment on first-year GPA. Analysis revealed that learning community enrollment had little ability to predict the academic achievement or the retention rates of first-generation students. The pre-entrance variables of high school rank and ACT composite scores proved to be the most significant predictors of first-semester, second-semester and first-year GPA. High school rank was the most consistent predictor of retention.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-12678

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Kurt Martenae Earnest

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3061827

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

124 pages

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