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Action research proposal ppt

  1. 1. Action Research Proposal<br />Leslie McGinn/EDD580/July 5, 2010 <br />Motivation Strategies Impacting Undergraduate Retention<br />
  2. 2. Problem Statement<br /> The problem, as indicated in this study, involved a large private university that was experiencing retention decline of up to 30% in undergraduate students after they complete their 4th course. Students began to drop their program on or about their 3rd or 4th class into their undergraduate degree program. <br />
  3. 3. Purpose<br />Identify factors related to declining retention<br />Increased student drop rates<br />Isolate the culprits<br />Conduct research<br />Survey current students<br />Implement solution strategy<br />Repeat survey<br />Report and Recommend<br />
  4. 4. Work Setting<br />Largest Private University<br />Campus classrooms (2)<br />Undergraduate students<br />Freshman<br />New students<br />At risk students<br />Adjunct faculty<br />Open enrollment access<br />
  5. 5. Writers Role<br />Teacher<br />Researcher<br />Graduate student<br />Stakeholder<br />Life-Long Learner<br />
  6. 6. Causative Analysis<br />At Risk Students<br />Socio-economic factors<br />Background influences<br />Open Enrollment<br />Underserved populations<br />Ease of enrollment<br />University accountability<br />
  7. 7. Problem Description<br />Declining Retention in undergraduate freshman students<br />Drop out rate increasing<br />Quality of Student Services <br />High Risk students<br />Changing demographics<br />Underserved populations<br />Faculty Involvement<br />
  8. 8. Problem Documentation<br />
  9. 9. Risk Factors<br />Gender-Male<br />Race-Minority<br />Socio-economic status-poor<br />Single Parents<br />Employed Part-time<br />No academic support system<br />Not prepared for the demands of college life<br />Performed poorly in high school<br />
  10. 10. Risk Factors<br />
  11. 11. Open Enrollment<br />Easy access<br />No entrance exams required<br />No waitlists<br />Little or no application fees<br />Underserved populations<br />Attractive to high risk students<br />Attract diverse populations<br />High pressure enrollment <br />
  12. 12. Expected Outcomes<br />Identify retention factors <br />Implement<br />Change in retention rates<br />Increase in graduation rates<br />Improve faculty communication<br />Improve student services<br />Provide resources for at risk students<br />
  13. 13. Measurement Outcomes<br />Student surveys<br />Identify trends<br />Increase retention by 5%<br />1.5 standard deviation or greater in the level of retention <br />Create positive change<br />Increase student satisfaction<br />
  14. 14. Solution Strategy<br />Identify risk factors<br />Implement new student services program<br />Offer resources such as on campus child care, on-campus housing, employment assistance<br />Increase faculty communication and interaction<br />Update learning environments<br />Remediation for low high school achievers<br />
  15. 15. Results<br />Compare both survey results<br />Document change in student satisfaction<br />Solution strategy emulation<br />Program can be replicated<br />New services provide needed support<br />Higher retention after implementation<br />Lower drop rates after implementation<br />
  16. 16. Recommendation<br />Revisit the costs associated with new student services and revise as necessary<br />Select committee to oversee program<br />Review and revise annually<br />Speaking opportunities at other colleges to share program success.<br />Publish articles in education journals about the solution strategy success.<br />
  17. 17. References<br /> <br />Borrego, A.M. (2002). U.S. department of education will emphasize retention in next higher education act. Chronicle of Higher Education, (19)7, 20-21.<br />Buglear, J. (2009). Logging in and dropping out: exploring student non-completion in higher education using electronic footprint analysis. Journal of Further & Higher Education, 33(4), 381-393. doi:10.1080/03098770903272479.<br />Hackman, R., & Oldham, G. (1980). Work Redesign. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.<br />Hovdaughen, E.& Aamodt, P. (2009). Learning environment: relevant or not to students' decision to leave university? Quality in Higher Education, (15)2, 177-189.<br />Huett, J., Kalinowski, K., Moller, L.,Huett, K. C.(2009). Improving the Motivation and Retention of Online Students Through the use of ARCS-Based E-Mails. American Journal of Distance Education. Jul 2008, (22)3, 159-176<br />Legg, A. & Wilson, J. (2009). E-mail from professor enhances student motivation and attitudes. Teaching of Psychology, 36(3), 205-211.<br />Levitz, R. S., Noel, L., & Richter, B. J. (1999). Strategic moves for retention success. In G.H. Gaither (Ed.), Promising practices in recruitment,remediation, and retention (pp. 31–50). (New Directions for Higher Education, n. 108) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.<br />Lorenzetti, J.P (2010). Ten critical persistence factors affecting online community college students. Recruitment & Retention in Higher Education, (24)3, 1-6.<br />McMillan, J. & Schumacher, S. (2006). Research in Education: Evidence based Inquiry, Appendix D (6th ed.). Boston, Pearson Education.<br />Muirhead, B. (2006). Academic research presentations: practical advice for today's graduate students. International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning, (20)4, 33-38.<br />National Center for Education Statistics, Special Analysis, 2002. Non-Traditional Undergraduates.<br />National Center for Education Statistics. University of Phoenix, (2009). Demographics Figures & Charts, (2007). <br />Reason, R. (2009). Student variables that predict retention: recent research and new developments. NASPA Journal (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.), 46(3), 482-501. Retrieved from Education Research Complete database.<br />Seidman, Alan, (2006). College student retention: a primmer.Center for the Study of College Student Retention.<br />University of Phoenix, (2009). Annual Academic Report. Phoenix Arizona.<br /> <br />