Achievement Motivation Strategies: College Survival

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Retention and attrition rates of college freshmen are a major concern of faculty and administrators in university settings. Programs such as First Year Seminar Programs (FYS) have been implemented to decrease the attrition rate of college freshmen. Achievement motivation training is another such program. However, there are limited studies investigating the efficacy of programs intending to increase the success rate and decrease the rate of attrition of college freshmen. This experimental study examined the impact of an achievement motivation program integrated into the curriculum of FYS classes. Issues with student retention and attrition of FYS students lead to the investigation of the following: Can FYS students’ achievement related thoughts and behaviors change by an infused achievement motivation program? These motivation strategies and learning outcomes were evaluated utilizing the MSLQ scale and a summary of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations as a result of this study will be presented. In addition, conclusions are drawn from this and previous investgations, with recommendations for future research discussed.

Keywords: Achievement Motivation, Intervention Programs, College Freshmen, First Year Seminar Programs, Retention, Attrition
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Yvonne T. Quintanilla

Assistant Professor, Counseling, Human Services & Social Work, Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY, USA

Dr. Quintanilla is Assistant Professor at Northern Kentucky University. She teaches courses in school counseling and marriage and family. Her principal areas of research include the following: retention issues in higher education, diversity issues, and family systems.

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