Research Reports


Another Way to Understand First Year Student Retention
More than 600 first year UPIKE students have completed the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) during the spring 2013-2017 testing administrations (44% response rate). The purpose of this study was to determine if there is any difference in the average scores of the ten NSSE engagement indicators between first year students who return to UPIKE and those who do not.


Revisiting First-Generation Student Success
The purpose of this report was to revisit a study that was done at UPIKE in 2006 on the comparison of first generation college students with students whose parents went to college on such factors as share taking remedial courses, course completion rates, and grade point averages to see if any improvements have occurred in student success in the past 10 years. (April 23, 2015)


Evening the Family Income Playing Field
The findings of a 2012 study sponsored by the Mortenson Seminar on Public Policy Analysis of Opportunity for Postsecondary Education presented some very discouraging data on income and graduation rates. The purpose of this report is to It look at the relationship between family income and educational opportunity, particularly higher education opportunity at UPIKE. (February 16, 2015)

Are UPIKE Students Employer Ready?
The findings of a 2015 study sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) highlighted the similarities and discrepancies between employers’ and students’ views on just how ready today’s college students are to enter the world of work. The purpose of this report is to see the readiness of the baccalaureate graduates from the University of Pikeville from the Class of 2014. (January 21, 2015)

Fall 2014 Freshman Experience
For first-time students, do their experiences at the end of the first semester match their expectations from the first week of college? The 352 new freshmen for fall 2014 were surveyed during the first week of classes concerning their expectations and then again during the last full week of classes in the fall about their experiences. (December 16, 2014)

Are UPIKE Student-Athletes Students First?
Recently, "The Chronicle of Higher Education" reported that the University of Michigan’s president voiced his concern at a faculty meeting that the university was accepting athletes who couldn’t succeed at a college as rigorous as Michigan. The purpose of this report is to present the numbers which demonstrate to the president and faculty at UPIKE that they should not have similar concerns. (November 13, 2014)

What Lurks behind UPIKE Graduation Rates?
There can be lots of variation underneath a college’s overall graduation rate. Recently, "The Chronicle of Higher Education" reviewed one institution’s unusually detailed breakdown of graduation rates that drove the point home. The purpose of this report is to present some of the details of UPIKE’s graduation rate for the 2008 cohort. (October 3, 2014)

The Priority is the Students
The purpose of this report is to present some of the recently released National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results about UPIKE students’ experiences with faculty and the campus environment, two areas which are essential institutional components to increase student success in and out of the classroom. (August 18, 2014)

Predicting Choice of Geographic Setting for Practice
The purpose of this report is to determine which factors influence KYCOM graduates practicing medicine in rural versus urban areas after residency to see if the current downward trend can be reversed. This research was partially funded by an American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Medical Education Research Grant. (July 31, 2014)

A Matter of Focus: Tracking KYCOM Graduates
This report presents data on KYCOM graduates from 2001-2012 to determine active practice specialty and geographic location of the graduates' licensure and medical practices. This research was partially funded by an American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Medical Education Research Grant. (June 25, 2014)

Student Debt: Myths and Facts Updated
This report replicates the methodology of The Council of Independent Colleges' research "Student Debt: Myths and Facts Second Edition" (April 2014) using UPIKE data from 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. (April 8, 2014)

Default and Repayment at UPIKE
This report presents information on student-loan default rates at the University of Pikeville, addressing such questions as are UPIKE’s default rates rising like they are nationally? How is an institution’s default rate calculated? Can we predict who is likely to default on a student loan before we award the funds? (March 12, 2014)

Getting a Handle on Gateway Courses
This report presents how gateway courses are a problem at UPIKE and the measures that the University is taking to improve student learning and success. Gateway courses are those course that are foundational in nature, high risk, and high enrollment. (February 20, 2014)

Freshmen Experience
For first-time students, do their experiences at the end of the first semester match their expectations from the first week of college? The 386 new freshmen for fall 2013 were surveyed during the first week of classes concerning their expectations and then again during the last full week of classes in the fall about their experiences. (November 25, 2013)

Student Preparedness is in the Eye of the Instructor
This report attempts to replicate two questions from the ACT National Curriculum Survey on educational practices and expectations to discover if there are similar disconnects between local high school teachers and faculty at the University of Pikeville. (October 22, 2013)

When Students Apply: Does it Matter at UPIKE?
There is a difference in academic performance at Washington State University and University of Massachusetts-Amherst depending on when students applied to the institutions. This article provides a comparison of UPIKE academic performance for new freshmen from fall 2011 and 2012 based on the timing of the applications. (September 27, 2013)

Academic Spending Versus Athletic Spending
The Delta Cost Project looked at academic and athletic spending for 225 NCAA Division I public universities and concluded that athletic departments spent far more per athlete than institutions spent to educate the average student. This article provides a comparison of UPIKE spending in these two areas. (March 27, 2013)

Remediation at UPIKE
According to a 2012 report by Complete College America, remediation programs across the country have become higher education’s “Bridge to Nowhere.” This article provides a comparison of UPIKE students’ experiences who participated in our remediation program. (February 11, 2013)

Freshmen Experiences
For first-time students, do their experiences at the end of the first semester match their expectations from the first week of college? The 368 new freshmen for fall 2012 were surveyed during the first week of classes concerning their expectations and then again during the last week of classes in the fall about their experiences. (December 6, 2012)

College Affordability
This report presents data on college affordability and student success at the University of Pikeville for 2011-2012 by income level. (October 17, 2012)

Student Debt: Myths and Facts
This report replicates the methodology of The Council of Independent Colleges' research "Student Debt: Myths and Facts" (September 2012) using UPIKE data from 2007-2008 and 2011-2012. (September 15, 2012)

Students’ Expectations about College
Every year during the first few days of class, we ask the new freshmen what they expect about college. Here are those results. While this group mirrors very closely the new students from last fall, more of the fall 2012 students expect they will definitely graduate from UPIKE. (August 24, 2012)

Addressing Common Concerns about Student Course Evaluations at the University of Pikeville
This report replicates the methodology of Wode’s and Keiser’s research at Columbia College Chicago to answer their three research questions using UPIKE data from the 642 undergraduate courses in fall 2011 and spring 2012. (August 17, 2012)

College Affordability Gaps at Pikeville College, 2006
This report replicates the methodology of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities' (AIKCU) report on the affordability of Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities using Pikeville College data. Also included are findings from student surveys and success rates by income level. (July 10, 2007)

Do Pikeville College students whose parents did not attend college underperform as undergraduates?
According to a report issued in August 2005 by the U.S. Education Department, students whose parents were not educated past high school (i.e., first-generation college students) were more likely to have taken remedial courses, to have earned fewer academic credits, and had lower grades, on average, than did students whose parents went to college. (July 9, 2007)
 

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