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  • These groups of students have shown lower retention for both yearsThey seem to be distinct groups
  • FRINQ Retention 09-10

    1. 1. Freshman Inquiry Retention Preliminary Findings<br />Sukhwant Jhaj, Rowanna Carpenter<br />University Studies<br />Portland State University<br />November 30, 2009<br />
    2. 2. Evolving Assessment Structure<br />Prior Learning Survey<br />--Student background characteristics<br />--Student rating of academic skills<br />--Student current life situation <br />End of Year Survey<br />--Course evaluation<br />--Academic Plans<br />--Satisfaction<br />E-Portfolio Assessment<br />--Student learning re: UNST goals<br />
    3. 3. Evolving Assessment Structure<br />Prior Learning Survey<br />End of Year Survey<br />E-Portfolio Assessment<br />University Student Data Warehouse<br /> - Student Retention<br /> - Academic Performance, Fin. Aid<br />
    4. 4. Evolving Structure<br /><ul><li>Enhanced collaboration with OIRP through unique Assessment Coordinator position.
    5. 5. Connections among data sources, institutional and departmental projects.
    6. 6. Close collaboration with Student Affairs.</li></li></ul><li>Focus on First-Time Freshmen in FRINQ<br /><ul><li>2708 Freshmen
    7. 7. 1274 Fall 2007, 1434 Fall 2008
    8. 8. Enrolled in a FRINQ course Fall term
    9. 9. Includes both full-time and part-time students
    10. 10. NOT
    11. 11. Honors, Liberal Studies, Pre-nursing or others not required to take UNST
    12. 12. 2256 completed the Prior Learning Survey
    13. 13. 83.3% response rate</li></li></ul><li>Student Success<br />
    14. 14.
    15. 15.
    16. 16. Presentation Focus<br />Data Analysis<br /><ul><li>Fall 2007 and 2008 cohorts analyzed together</li></ul>Groups of Interest<br /><ul><li>Freshmen with entering HS GPAs below 3.0
    17. 17. Freshmen who indicate finances as a top concern</li></li></ul><li>Students with Low HS GPA<br /><ul><li>Students who enter PSU with a high school GPA below 3.0
    18. 18. make up about 29% of FRINQ students each year.
    19. 19. tended to have lower retention and academic success than groups with high school GPAs above 3.0.
    20. 20. Term GPA almost 1 point lower than those with HS GPAs above 3.5
    21. 21. Earn approximately 2-3 fewer credits per term
    22. 22. More likely to be on academic warning</li></li></ul><li>FRINQ First-Time Freshmen* Retention at PSU Fall 2007-Fall 2008<br />
    23. 23. Students with Low HS GPA<br /><ul><li>Demographic Profile
    24. 24. Men are more likely to fall into this group; women are more likely to be in the group with the highest entering GPA
    25. 25. African American and students who reported multiple ethnicities were overrepresented among freshmen with low entering HS GPAs
    26. 26. First-generation college students were less likely to be in the low HS GPA group.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Other academic factors
    27. 27. Fewer reported planning to get a degree from PSU
    28. 28. Less likely to have earned an A or B for their FRINQ course during fall term
    29. 29. No differences in number of credits enrolled for fall term
    30. 30. No difference in intended academic major
    31. 31. No difference in attendance at Orientation</li></ul>Students with Low HS GPA<br />
    32. 32. <ul><li>Financial
    33. 33. Less likely than other groups to be low-income
    34. 34. Less likely than other groups to receive any type of financial aid
    35. 35. When they did receive aid, on average these students received lower amounts than students in the higher GPA categories
    36. 36. For these students a greater percentage of aid came as loans
    37. 37. No difference in working hours per week</li></ul>Students with Low HS GPA<br />
    38. 38. Students with Low HS GPA<br /><ul><li>Campus Connection
    39. 39. Less likely than other groups to report planning to volunteer
    40. 40. Less likely than other groups to be living with parents</li></li></ul><li>Students with Financial Concern<br /><ul><li>There appeared to be no difference in retention based on income status (Pell Grant and other need-based aid eligible v. Not eligible)
    41. 41. Students who report finances as a top concern tended to have a lower retention rate than those who reported academics as a top concern.</li></li></ul><li>FRINQ First-Time Freshmen* Retention at PSU Fall 2007-Fall 2008<br />
    42. 42. Students with Financial Concern<br /><ul><li>Demographic Profile
    43. 43. More likely than the other group to be women
    44. 44. More likely than the other group to be first-generation
    45. 45. No difference in ethnicity
    46. 46. No difference in age</li></li></ul><li>Students with Financial Concern<br /><ul><li>Academic Profile
    47. 47. No difference in educational plans
    48. 48. More likely to have entered with a HS GPA over 3.0
    49. 49. No difference in part-time status</li></li></ul><li>Students with Financial Concern<br /><ul><li>Financial Profile
    50. 50. More likely than other students to be low-income
    51. 51. More likely than other students to work 20 or more hours per week
    52. 52. More likely to receive grants, loans and work-study awards
    53. 53. Receive more financial aid on average than other students, but have a higher percentage of their aid from loans</li></li></ul><li>Students with Financial Concern<br /><ul><li>Connection to Campus
    54. 54. Less likely than other students to live on campus</li></li></ul><li>Assessment to Action <br /><ul><li>Early identification of students at risk.
    55. 55. HS GPAs below 3.0, finances as a top concern
    56. 56. Ongoing communication with all students.
    57. 57. Biweekly emails. U.Connect Student Support web site http://uconnect.unst.pdx.edu. Events with Student Affairs.
    58. 58. Quick intervention when needed.
    59. 59. Course Progress Notification</li></li></ul><li>Thank You<br />Rowanna Carpenter<br />Assessment Coordinator<br />University Studies<br />Portland State University<br />carpenterr@pdx.edu<br />Sukhwant Jhaj<br />Director<br />University Studies<br />Portland State University<br />jhaj@pdx.edu<br />

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