The Effects of Part-Time Faculty on First Semester Freshmen Retention: A Predictive Model Using Logistic Regression.

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Title: The Effects of Part-Time Faculty on First Semester Freshmen Retention: A Predictive Model Using Logistic Regression.
Author: Hinz, Derik Michael
Advisors: Dr. Audrey Jaeger, Committee Chair
Dr. Louis Hunt Jr., Committee Member
Dr. Amy Caison, Committee Member
Dr. Duane Akroyd, Committee Member
Abstract: This study used data from five years of first-semester entering freshmen cohorts (1999-2003) from North Carolina State University to assess the effects of exposure to part-time faculty upon student retention. A logistic regression model containing high school gpa, total first year hours attempted, gender, SAT verbal score, SAT math score, and percent faculty exposure was found to be a significant (p<.0001) predictor of second year retention. While the percentage to which first-year students were exposed to part-time faculty instruction was significant (p<0.0253) in predicting retention, it had no real impact upon the odds ratio (0.996) of being retained.
Date: 2005-09-06
Degree: MS
Discipline: Higher Education Administration
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/1255


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