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Dan Abrahamowicz (Committee Member), Suzanne Franco (Committee Member), Joanne Risacher (Committee Member), Charles W. Ryan (Advisor), Joseph F. Thomas, Jr. (Other)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Freshman seminars have become standard in higher education programming. Although there is evidence that these programs are effective in helping the freshman-to-sophomore year persistence rate, there is little research into the specific components of such programs and how they affect academic persistence and career planning. There is also little research on how different students perceive the effectiveness of such programs. This research examined the perceived influence of a freshman seminar on academic persistence and career planning between two student cohorts, a business-major and an undecided-major, via a post-course questionnaire. The student responses between the two cohorts resulted in a significant difference in the overall perceived influence of the freshman seminar on academic persistence and career planning. Additionally, one question pertaining to career planning was found to be significantly different.

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Department or Program

Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

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