Assessing the Effectiveness of a College Freshman Seminar Using Propensity Score Adjustments
Abbreviated Journal Title
Res. High. Educ.
First-year seminar; College retention; Academic success; Propensity; scores; Selection bias; ACADEMIC MOTIVATION SCALE; INSTITUTIONAL INTEGRATION; 4-YEAR; INSTITUTIONS; LOGISTIC-REGRESSION; HIGHER-EDUCATION; PERFORMANCE; STUDENT; PERSISTENCE; RETENTION; ACHIEVEMENT; Education & Educational Research
Researchers investigated the impact that a first-year college experience course had on students' first-year grade point averages (GPAs) and retention rates. A sample of 109 first-year students enrolled in the course was compared to a sample of 326 students from the same university who had not taken the course. The goals of the experience course were to reduce attrition, increase grade point averages, and enhance academic skills. Without accounting for selection bias, those who took the course had similar retention rates and lower GPAs than those who did not take the course. After matching on propensity scores, the negative effects of the program on GPA were nullified and those in the program were more likely to enroll for a second year. Although the benefits from the course were weak, the positive impact of the program was more apparent after accounting for individual differences.
Research in Higher Education
"Assessing the Effectiveness of a College Freshman Seminar Using Propensity Score Adjustments" (2011). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 1191.