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Retention in a small liberal arts institution : the commuter student experience

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dc.contributor.advisor Magnusson, Kris
dc.contributor.author Black, Jodie Lynn Gallais
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-08T17:40:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-08T17:40:48Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2468
dc.description ix, 107 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Research indicates that students who reside on campus are more likely than commuter students to persist in their studies until graduation. The purpose of this study is to explore factors that may influence retention for commuter students. Data were collected from 20 commuter students at a primarily undergraduate four-year institution, in three stages: administration of a brief questionnaire, individual in-depth interviews, and a focus group. The qualitative data gained was coded and analyzed, and a grounded theory entitled “the commuter student experience” was developed. The theory contains three main categories, various subcategories, and a mediating variable. The results and findings of this study provide validation for existing areas of research on commuter students; however, they also suggest areas for further exploration. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Education, 2009 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en_US
dc.subject Commuting college students -- Alberta -- Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Commuting college students -- Alberta -- Research en_US
dc.subject Dropouts -- Prevention en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Retention in a small liberal arts institution : the commuter student experience en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Education en_US

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