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Retention of international students

FINAL PAPER GUIDELINES SPRING 2021 Alcantar The purpose of the Final Paper will be for each person to explore and write about college student retention issues impacting a particular college student population at an institution of your choice. This Final Paper assignment prompts you to: 1) select a specific student population in higher education (either from UNR, an institution you currently or hope to work at or, attended); 2) identify the factors that promote and impede their college persistence/retention based on the literature; and 3) provide evidence for why the postsecondary institution you are focusing on should channel more resources to the retention of this student population. You must cite the literature to support your claims about the student population. The final paper should be no more than 10 pages, double-spaced (page limits does not include reference list, title page, abstract), 12-point font, Times New Roman, and it should adhere to the latest guidelines of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual. The final paper should also include a title page, summary/abstract, and at least 10 academic references (i.e., books, peer-reviewed articles, policy or research reports). You can cite the assigned and optional literature listed in the syllabus or from literature outside of the class. Points will be deducted if you cite less than 10 academic references. You will also be required to gather institutional data from IPEDS or college websites to provide a description of the institution of focus for your paper. Data from IPEDS and college websites must be cited in-text and in the reference list. Prompts/Questions to be addressed: 1. Who is the student population you selected? What are their general group characteristics (e.g., size, makeup in postsecondary education, racial/ethnic proportions, socioeconomic circumstances)? (Use IPEDS data and Institutional Research office website from the campus of focus) 2. What are the strengths and challenges that this student population experiences on their path to a college degree (i.e., with retention)? What are their barriers to postsecondary degree attainment? 3. Why should the chosen postsecondary institution channel more resources to this population? Respond to these prompts by engaging with assigned readings. A potential paper outline might look like this: I. INTRODUCTION: Why is student retention important to study/examine/understand/explore? What student population are you focused on for your paper? Why is it important to focus on this population? Introduce the institutional focus of your paper. Why is it important to examine student retention of the specific student population at this particular institution? II. CONTEXT/STATISTICS: Report some statistics about the institution of focus at such as retention/graduation rates, enrollment rate, enrollment patterns (e.g., part-time vs full-time), race/ethnic composition, socioeconomic status (e.g., first-generation college students, income or Pell-grant recipients). Any other statistics that you think will be relevant to make the case for why examining retention or retention of this student population important to examine. Gather your statistics from IPEDS or the institutional website (see instructions on next page). You can also include a description or statistics about the geographic location of the institution. Your statistics should be reported in paragraph form, not just listed in your paper. III. ANALYSIS OF LITERATURE #1: Report what the literature says about the factors that promote and impede the student population’s college persistence/retention. The literature should not be listed or presented as a list. Nor should you list each reading in paragraph form. Instead think about the themes in the literature related to the retention/persistence of the student population of focus. Each of the “Analysis of Literature” sections in this outline should be a theme in the literature. For example, perhaps one theme is focused on Academic Engagement, another on Social Networks/Educators, etc. It is recommended you have at least three themes from the literature, but no more than four. As you think of the themes, you can also reflect on what both impedes and supports the student population. IV. ANALYSIS OF LITERATURE #2: Report what the literature says about the factors that promote and impede the student population’s college persistence/retention. Read “Analysis of Literature #1” for more guidance. V. ANALYSIS OF LITERATURE #3: Report what the literature says about the factors that promote and impede the student population’s college persistence/retention. Read “Analysis of Literature #1” for more guidance. VI. ANALYSIS OF LITERATURE #4: Report what the literature says about the factors that promote and impede the student population’s college persistence/retention. Read “Analysis of Literature #1” for more guidance. VII. IMPLICATIONS: Discuss the policy and/or practice implications of the literature you found on the institution of focus. Why should the chosen postsecondary institution channel more resources to this population? Do you have any suggestions to the institution about ways to retain the student population? Your implications/recommendations should be connected to the themes you presented from the literature. For example, if your literature found that spaghetti is an excellent food source that helps retain the student population, then your recommendations should not be that the institution should provide more ice-cream. Nor should you recommend that they should provide those students with roller blades. VIII. CONCLUSION: Should be a brief and concise summary of your main literature findings. IX. REFERENCES: Anything cited from the course readings or any outside resources in your paper should be listed in the references. Also include a citation for IPEDS and/or other websites you used to gather institutional data. Finding College Statistics: (a) You can find institutional data on the college’s website. (b) You can also find stats on the system wide websites. For example, if you are focusing on any of the NSHE institutions, you can examine data on the NSHE website: https://ir.nevada.edu/dashboard.php?d=fall_enrollment (c) IPEDS 1. Visit the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data system: https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data (Links to an external site.) 2. Click on “Look Up an Institution” 3. Enter the college’s name in the text box. Names of institutions will auto-populate, select the institution. 4. Click on the final selected institution (institution name will be hyperlinked with blue font) 5. Click on “Retention and Graduation”