Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Charles S. Hausman
Ryan M. Wilson
James R. Bliss
This study examined the effect of GSD 101 Learning Communities (a cohort program for freshmen at Eastern Kentucky University) on the retention and first-year grade point average of first-time, full-time freshmen at the university. The study specifically examined students enrolled in GSD 101Z and ENG 101Z (the learning communities sections) in the Fall 2014 semester versus the students enrolled in the regular GSD 101 and ENG 101 classes during the same semester. A large institutional database was used to identify the students in the study and their demographic differences. Results showed that participation in learning communities did not make a significant difference in the fall-to-fall retention or the cumulative GPA after the first year. It did show, however, that students who have higher high school grade point averages are more likely to be retained and that high school GPA was a higher indicator of retention than ACT scores.
Copyright 2016 Ashley Matthews Sweat
Sweat, Ashley Matthews, "The Effect of Learning Communities on Freshman Student Retention Rates and GPA at a Public 4-Year Institution of Higher Education" (2016). Online Theses and Dissertations. 434.