Rising Tuition and First-year Students’ Enrollment and Persistence Intentions
The issue of first year student retention manifests significant economic and other ramifications for institutions of higher education, state and federal governments, and most importantly, the students who decide to dropout or depart. The purpose of this study was to examine why first-year college students at a large research university intend to leave a campus without a degree. This research inquiry of 21 students used a qualitative collective case study and employed John Bean’s (2005) Nine Themes of College Student Retention as a theoretical construct to understand the problem. For both residents and non-residents, the results of this study demonstrated finances, and not prestige, social or academic integration, as the overarching theme affecting students’ intentions and decision-making.
Van Duser, K. E., Lucas, C. M., & Cohen, S. (2020). Rising Tuition and First-year Students’ Enrollment and Persistence Intentions. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.