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Dollar decisions and degrees: The effect of institutional expenditures on degree attainment at baccalaureate colleges and universities

John F Ryan, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

Enhancing student persistence and effectively managing financial resources present important challenges to higher education. Surprisingly, existing student persistence and attrition models offer little insight into the potential link between institutional expenditures and student persistence. This study examined the impact of institutional expenditures on six-year cohort graduation rates at four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The results suggested a positive and significant relationship between instructional and academic support expenditures and cohort graduation rates. Researchers might consider ways to integrate expenditure variables into student persistence models. Institutions also might seek out ways to shift financial resources to areas that enhance student persistence and degree attainment. Additional research may serve to strengthen student persistence frameworks and improve links between persistence research and financial decision-making in colleges and universities. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Ryan, John F, "Dollar decisions and degrees: The effect of institutional expenditures on degree attainment at baccalaureate colleges and universities" (2004). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3131559.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3131559

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