A multilevel approach to assessing the interaction effects on college student retention.

Journal Article (Academic article)

The present study utilizes a multilevel approach to assess the effects of four different types of intervention on college student retention, focusing on the interaction effects between the student characteristics and the types of intervention. The program effects on a 3-year trend are also explored. The findings of the present study reveal that the social integration programs improved the first-year retention rates for female students, the advising programs and the social integration programs worked better in the first year for students from more selective colleges within the university, and the first-year experience programs had a significant lasting effect across the 3 years on retention for elder students and male students. It is also found that the advising programs were significantly more effective on the first-year retention rates than the general orientation programs. This study provides empirical evidence for researchers and administrators in higher education to improve the effectiveness of intervention programs for students with specific characteristics.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bai, H; Pan, W

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

  • Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 287 - 301