Retention and Student Success: A Study of First Time, Full Time First-Generation Students at UNC Pembroke

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Dr.. Zhixin "Richard" Kang, Associate Professor (Creator)
Dr.. Chunmei Yao, Director of Institutional Research (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: First generation students face unique challenges in retention and graduation in colleges and universities. Recently, EAB released a study indicating that 90% of low-income, first generation students did not graduate on time within six years, particularly underrepresented minority students. UNCP is the top diverse institution in the South and had low retention rates and graduation rates compared with other UNC institutions in the past. For instance, 59% of our students were underrepresented minority students; and more than 33% of Freshmen were identified as first generation in Fall 2015. In addition, among students who graduated in May 2015, 39% were identified as first generation.The purpose of this study is to find how well our first generation students have done compared to other racial groups at UNCP, particularly Fall-to-Fall retention and six-year graduation. The results may help us to improve our services and add/adjust some programs to better serve the student body in the future.The study will focus on first-time, full-time (FTFT) Freshmen who were identified as first-generation in FAFSA application at UNCP. The cohorts included the FTFT Freshmen from Fall 2008 to Fall 2010.

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UNCP Research and Creativity Showcase
Language: English
Date: 2019
Statistics, Institutional Research, College Students, Postsecondary Students, Retention, Graduation Rates, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
College students – United States – Statistics
First-generation college students – United States – Statistics
Minority college students – United States – Statistics

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