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dc.contributor.advisorCurs, Bradleyeng
dc.contributor.authorMeyer, Caitlin Eileeneng
dc.date.issued2019eng
dc.date.submitted2019 Springeng
dc.description.abstractStudents in their second year of college experience changes in support that can negatively impact their success. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the sophomore slump, which can manifest itself as a decline in success with regard to changes in grade point average. Typically, higher education institutions provide support for students that focus on positive learning outcomes during their first year in college. One specific type of first-year success initiatives is Freshman Interest Groups which combine the shared academic experiences of freshman learning communities with a residential component. This study investigates whether Freshman Interest Groups at the University of Missouri are related to second-year academic success for students who declared an engineering major during their first year of study. Specifically, a regression-based statistical model correlates first-year participation in a Freshman Interest Group with second-year academic success (GPA, credit hours attempted, and credit hours earned). The sample draws upon first-year engineering majors at the University of Missouri for the years 2013-2016. The results indicate that Freshman Interest Group participation had no significant relationship with second-year academic success. One explanation of these results is that engineering students who participated in a Freshman Interest Group had stronger academic backgrounds (ACT subtests and high school core GPA) than students who did not participate in a Freshman Interest Group.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.format.extentiv, 56 pages : illustrationseng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/70153
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.titleFreshman interest group participation and second year academic success of engineering studentseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational leadership and policy analysis (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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