Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number2 June 2020 Pp. 202-213
Graduate Students Perceptions of Success in United States Colleges
Mousa S. Alfaifi
College of Education, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA
College of Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
College of Education, University of Balmad Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Waynne W. James
College of Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
The purpose of this study was to investigate Saudi students’ behaviors at higher education institutions in the US, by clarifying the reasons behind their retentions and the reasons for their dropout (leaving the school), in order to limit the increase in this issue. Data were collected through three focus groups. The participants in this study were 15 graduate students studying in the United States. The method used to prepare focus group data for analyzing in this study was an abridged transcript. The analysis framework in this study was constant comparative. The findings of this study were most participants saw the definition of student success in colleges as: achieving the goals of the study, passing all courses, graduating on time, and diligence and persistence. The most frequent factors which led students to postgraduate study were: obtaining a high level of education, self-improvement, updating their income, and upgrading their job to a higher position. Some of the difficulties/problems the participants faced while enrolled at their universities included: the difficulty of some courses, time constraints, lack of experience, and tuition. These problems were mostly solved by: cooperating with other students, working with the tutoring center, asking advisers for help, and trying to get a scholarship from the government of Saudi Arabia.
Keywords: retention, student success, Saudi students, higher education.
Cite as: Alfaifi, M. S., AbuZayyad-Nuseibeh, H., Awaida, N. & James, W. W (2020). Graduate Students Perceptions of Success in United States Colleges. Arab World English Journal, 11 (2) 202-213.
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