In the article, “Unmasking the Effects of Student Engagement on First-Year College Grades and Persistence” by George Kuch and his fellow colleagues, he discusses several factors that determine the success and outcome of first year college students. In the beginning, Kuch and his fellow workers touch base on topics such as how many young adults actually graduate from a four-year university, what the ACT and SAT tell about potential for success prior to entering school, and many other questions. Throughout the body of the article the Kuch and his colleagues transition into data analysis. This includes research done on purposeful activities students may par take in, as well as how many hours a week spent studying, can affect the outcome of a students GPA. The most interesting part of this piece of writing comes from page 555, in which the authors discuss the benefit of engaged students. The authors argue that the student who chooses to engage in the most educational practices during their first year, normally end up more academically successful and leads them to a persist life/school lifestyle by the second year. The reason I found this so appealing was because this is something I believe I went through personally. The activities mentioned, and study hours recommended by the author’s research are very accurate in my opinion. All in all this article provides a very good basis for what works for first year college students, and what doesn’t work.
Kuh, George D. "Unmasking the Effects of Student Engagement on First-Year College Grades and Persistence." The Journal of Higher Education 79.5 (2008): 540-63. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.