Isaac Scientific Publishing

Journal of Advances in Education Research

Differences in Orientation Program Enrollment as a Function of Gender and Ethnicity for Community College Students

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DOI: 10.22606/jaer.2018.32002


  • Ericka Landry
    Department of Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, United States
  • John R. Slate*
    Department of Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, United States


This quantitative study was conducted to determine the degree to which participation in and completion of orientation programs or courses were related to student achievement as a function of gender and ethnicity (i.e., Black, White, and Hispanic) measured by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. Using archival data, over 77,000 community college students were surveyed. Findings were that participation in the orientation programs and courses were statistically significantly related to student GPAs, for Black students and for White students, but not for Hispanic male students. These findings may provide higher education institutions, policymakers, and legislators with empirical data to assist with decision-making regarding support services for this group of students.


Transition seminars, first-year experience seminars, student success courses, orientation programs, and orientation courses abstract


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