Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Tara Hornor

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Laura Boren

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Andrew Lumpe


Student retention is a topic of concern among higher education institutions. The dissertation pronounces a comparative quantitative research study to examine participation in summer extended orientation programs as a predictor of fall-to-spring persistence for first-year college students. This research study was conducted through a conceptual replication of a decade-old study at a regional Texas institution. In this conceptual replication study, the researcher observed the enrollment impacts, such as persistence rates and grade point average, of first-year college students who attended a summer extended orientation program compared to those of students who did not. Conducting more specific research in the area of extended orientation and its impacts on retainment of first-year students guides higher education leaders on decisions, programing, and leadership of first-year students to help increase retention, thereby increasing institutional funding, and provide students with better career opportunities. The findings of this study provide time-relevant persistence data intended to inform funding decisions for first-year college student programming efforts.

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