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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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O'Keefe, Kristy G., "Persistence Rates of First-Year College Students Who Attend an Extended Orientation Camp Program Compared to Those Who Do Not Attend" (2022). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 520.