Higher Education

, Volume 71, Issue 4, pp 575–592 | Cite as

Does independent research with a faculty member enhance four-year graduation and graduate/professional degree plans? Convergent results with different analytical methods

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Abstract

This study examines the effects of undergraduate students participating in independent research with faculty members on four-year graduation and graduate/professional degree aspirations. We analyzed four-year longitudinal data from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education using multiple analytic techniques. The findings support the positive, net link between undergraduate research and fourth-year graduate degree aspirations and suggest that such involvement may have potential as a powerful programmatic and pedagogical tool.

Keywords

Undergraduate research High-impact practices Student learning Independent research with a faculty mentor 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Research on Undergraduate EducationThe University of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Center for Research on Undergraduate Education DirectorThe University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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