Title

Utilizing first-year curricula linkage to improve in-major persistence to graduation: Results from a four-year longitudinal study, fall 2000-spring 2004

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-30-2007

Abstract

Academic departments have expanded the typical persistence agenda of First-Year Seminars to use them specifically as tools for in-major retention. This article reports the empirical results of a four-year longitudinal study assessing the successful efforts to improve the persistence-to-graduation- within-major of business students. The pedagogy can be easily transferred to other campus majors. The approach used in this study linked a discipline-specific First-Year Seminar in business with the curriculum of an existing "traditional" business course, Introduction to Business. The study's results suggest that, in the first semester, a curriculum linkage between a First-Year Seminar and a traditional course in the same discipline may be an antidote to the lure that other disciplines have in swaying new students away from their original choice of major. © 2007, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.

Publication Name

Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice

Volume Number

9

First Page

113

Last Page

125

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.2190/M123-L322-114V-888Q

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