Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effect of student anxiety, student engagement, and student performance on retention at a proprietary institution
by Brathwaite, Mark Anthony, Ed.D., Argosy University/Phoenix, 2014, 140; 3738587
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the relationship of student anxiety, student engagement, and student performance to the retention of students at a proprietary institution. Student anxiety, engagement, performance, and retention have been discussed in previous education literature; however, no such relationship has been investigated when linked to the proprietary institution. The study used the Noel-Levitz College Student Inventory TM online survey containing 74 closed-ended questions to measure a planned sample off 100 enrolled students' academic motivation, general coping, receptivity to intuitional services, and educational plans at the proprietary institution. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS 22.0) was used to code and tabulate scores collected from the survey. Inferential statistics were used to draw conclusions from the sample tested. Multiple regression analysis was used to evaluate the four research hypotheses. The findings of the study revealed that students' engagement and anxiety was not significantly related to students' retention; however, students' performance was significantly and positively related to retention. Further study is recommended for the research by using a larger sample, qualitative and mixed method formats to ensure true record of opinion from the sample, and results from the study should be compared with surveys to find correlation in students' satisfaction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cashman, Dennis
School: Argosy University/Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Education, Adult education
Keywords: Proprietary Institution, Retention, Student Anxiety, Student Engagement, Student Performance
Publication Number: 3738587
ISBN: 978-1-339-29064-5
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