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Nontraditional Students' Perceptions of Variables Influencing Retention: A Multisite Study

Jeffreys, Marianne R. EdD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.NNE.0000281086.35464.ed
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Guided by the Nursing Undergraduate Retention and Success model, the purpose of this multisite study was to gain further insight into students' perceptions concerning factors that restricted or supported retention. Nontraditional students (n = 1,156) completed the Student Perception Appraisal-Revised. Factor analysis yielded 5 factors: environmental factors, institutional interaction and integration factors, personal academic factors, college academic facilities, and friend support. Demographic and student characteristics were examined in relation to student perceptions. Implications are discussed.

Author's Affiliation: Professor, Nursing, The City University of New York College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY.

Correspondence: Nursing, The City University of New York College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314 (jeffreys@mail.csi.cuny.edu).

Grant Funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award from Nursing Education Alumni Association (NEAA) of Teachers College Columbia University and PSC-CUNY Research Award 67353-00 36.

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