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    Student Attrition: A Study of Risk Factors in an International University
    (Proceedings from the International Conference on Education, Psychology, and Social Sciences 2017, 2017-08) Poonpilas Asavisanu
    Increasing pressure on Thai private universities to retain their students in the wake of decreasing student enrollment, demographic changes, and direct competition from public universities calls for them to address more systematically plans and action for student retention. The purpose of this study was to determine risk factors that affect student retention at an international university in Thailand. First year undergraduate students (N=2,193) were surveyed for factors related to student attrition. The survey was conducted both online and distributed on campus to a cohort of first year students. A 5-point scale survey instrument was constructed around five categories of factors related to student attrition according to the theoretical literature: Academic Factors, Social Factors, Motivational Factors, Faculty Factors, and University Factors. A multiple regression model was employed to assess the predictive ability of the five factors plus students’ reported high school GPA and their concern with ability to pay tuition. The multiple regression analysis yielded significant results for the following factors: Social, Motivational, and University factors, entering GPA, and concern with ability to pay tuition. Results suggest that a combination of attention to traditional components of student attrition factors and a systematic review of institutional specific factors may be may be the optimal approach to inform institutional retention practice.
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    Factors leading to faculty engagement: a comparative study regarding two private universities one in the U.S. and one in Thailand
    This study examines the factors leading to Faculty Engagement through two private Universities, one in the U.S. and one in Thailand. The underlying focus of this study is to identify related factors that affect Faculty Engagement in order to boost faculty's morale, enhance performance and reduce the turnover to some extent. Winning Faculty Engagement gives universities competitive advantage. Progressive administrators should leverage engagement-enhancing practices as a way to foster faculty performance and, in turn, the overall performance of the university. The nine factors are Culture and Values, Common Purpose, Communication and Cooperation, Relationship with Administrators, My Team, My Job, Learning and Development, Performance and Feedback, and Reward and Recognition These factors were examined as independent variables. The result of the Independent Sample t-Test of two Universities indicates that Dominican University of California (DUC) and Assumption University (AU) are different in four factors: communication and cooperation, learning and development, performance and feedback, and reward and recognition. Multiple-regression model was conducted to identify the most consecutive significant influence factors. In summary, three out of nine factors for DUC and four out of nine factors for AU demonstrated statistically significant relationships with Faculty Engagement. The Correlations Analysis has shown that all nine independent variables were significantly related. This study has found that job satisfaction (meaning at work), reward and recognition (being valued and involved), having a good relationship with administrator and common purposes, and learning and development in a conducive working environment can lead to a high level of engagement and performance amongst all groups of faculty.
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    Quality assurance standards to promote teacher' development in Thai Universities: Assumption University case
    ( 2009-11) Yan, Ye
    Through analysis of Thai university's quality assurance practices including, the quality standards, quality control, quality audit and assessment based on Assumption University's case; this paper tries to reveal some approaches and practices for teacher development at university level, which might be referred and understood by many of our Chinese Universities.