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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Jones, Willis Andre
URN etd-03262011-110541
Title Examining the relationship between student body racial diversity and college/university retention and graduation rates
Degree PhD
Department Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
John M. Braxton Committee Chair
Bruce Barry Committee Member
Robert L. Crowson Committee Member
Stella M. Flores Committee Member
  • Retention
  • Graduation Rates
  • Diversity
Date of Defense 2011-03-22
Availability unrestricted
Over the past 80 years, many scholars and higher education professionals have attempted to better understand college student persistence and the institutional characteristics which are most strongly associated with an institution’s ability to retain students. One institutional characteristic that has received little empirical attention over these many years is organizational racial composition. This study examines the relationship between college/university undergraduate student body racial diversity and institutional freshmen retention and six-year graduation rates. The findings suggest that increased student body racial diversity is positively related to overall institutional freshmen retention rates but not significantly related to institutional six-year graduation rates. These relationships, however, were conditional on various institutional characteristics.
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