Date of Award

Fall 1996

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Bardwell, Rebecca

Second Advisor

Frederich, Jane

Third Advisor

Kipfmueller, Mark


The freshman year has long been known to be a critical time of transition and adjustment for students. Increasingly, academic administrators, faculty members, and student affairs professionals are focusing on ways to make this transition a positive and productive experience for the population. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among a student's self-reported study strategies, self-perception of their problem-solving ability and first-semester academic standing. It was hoped that such an inductive examination of these variables would lead to a better understanding of some of the factors that contribute to the success and retention of these students. A women's college was chosen for this study because of my long-standing interest in the higher educational needs of women. Additionally there has been a limited number of studies that have looked specifically at the academic adjustment of this population.



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