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Master's Culminating Experience

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The nation's colleges and universities are aware of the growing dropout problem. Research to date has focused on the importance of social integration of students as well as the type of students who initially enroll as two major components of student success.

This study attempted to analyze models that combined both academic preparation and social integration (in this case student employment on campus), to study Fall Quarter 1992 direct from high school full time degree freshmen.

The results were very consistent with the relevant literature in that first year retention as well as first year grade point averages were linked to high school grade point averages and campus employment.

Student retention also has an impact on the financial health of an institution. Information on the financial aspects of employing students on campus, decreasing attrition by 10%, as well as a disturbing trend of off campus employment are presented.