Title

Factors of Risk Status and Persistence of Undergraduate Students at the University of South Carolina Lancaster

Author(s)

John ShaheenFollow

School Name

South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Sociology

Presentation Type

Mentored

Abstract

The failure of students to finish their post-secondary education has plagued universities for years, with solutions at the university level being at a premium. This research project aimed to assist university administration in taking the proper actions to maintain high levels of retention within their student body. Particularly, this project focused on the retention of the student demographic found mostly at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, a group consisting primarily of working-class whites. This project used scholarly literature found on both Google Scholar and the EBSCOhost database, which was conducted among university students in the pursuit of commonalities in the motivations of departing students. These studies often featured first-hand accounts from students, detailing why they had chosen to leave their universities and what factors had motivated their choice to do so. This study points towards parental education, developmental education, and university-student relations as being the foremost factors in determining persistence. Additionally, the information contained within the studies highlights the characteristics of at-risk students, allowing proper actions to be taken to ensure they are given the necessary tools to ensure their own success. The commonalities highlighted by source analysis within this project will assist educators in establishing an academic environment which promotes student persistence and future success.

Location

Founders Hall 251 A

Start Date

3-30-2019 9:15 AM

Presentation Format

Oral Only

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 9:15 AM

Factors of Risk Status and Persistence of Undergraduate Students at the University of South Carolina Lancaster

Founders Hall 251 A

The failure of students to finish their post-secondary education has plagued universities for years, with solutions at the university level being at a premium. This research project aimed to assist university administration in taking the proper actions to maintain high levels of retention within their student body. Particularly, this project focused on the retention of the student demographic found mostly at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, a group consisting primarily of working-class whites. This project used scholarly literature found on both Google Scholar and the EBSCOhost database, which was conducted among university students in the pursuit of commonalities in the motivations of departing students. These studies often featured first-hand accounts from students, detailing why they had chosen to leave their universities and what factors had motivated their choice to do so. This study points towards parental education, developmental education, and university-student relations as being the foremost factors in determining persistence. Additionally, the information contained within the studies highlights the characteristics of at-risk students, allowing proper actions to be taken to ensure they are given the necessary tools to ensure their own success. The commonalities highlighted by source analysis within this project will assist educators in establishing an academic environment which promotes student persistence and future success.