Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Barbara Hill, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Sheila Gregory, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Daniel Teodorescu, Ph.D.

Abstract

Many students find their first year of college to be the most difficult moment of their educational careers. Along with college acceptance comes new expectations, a rigorous curriculum, and the usual growing pains of young adulthood. Because of these challenges, many college students find it difficult, if not impossible to make it past their first year. Limited research has been conducted to address the overall efficiency of first year programs that colleges and universities have put in place to support these students. Considering the trials faced by first year students, it is important that we identify the organizational structures that will increase student success outcomes and lead to the completion of degree programs. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between college sophomore students’ academic motivation, academic self-efficacy, their perceptions of the support they received during their first-year advisory program, and their satisfaction with the advisement they received. The target population is students who completed their first year of college and returned to the college as sophomores.

This quantitative study used the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire, the Academic Motivation Scale, and the Inventory of Academic Advising Functions-Student Version to measure academic self-efficacy, academic motivation, and student satisfaction; 526 freshmen students were contacted and invited to participate in the study. Responses from 57 participating students were used to answer five research questions. The study revealed that students who had high to moderate levels of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation displayed higher levels of satisfaction as it related to the academic counseling they received during their FYE. The study also revealed that only a small group of students felt that their first-year experience program led to them having a stronger sense of self-efficacy. As a result of the study, the researcher was able to find support in previous research that FYE programs have led to creating positive perceptions of about their overall college experience and their ability to do well.

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