Sheilynda Stewart, Ph.D., co-authored “Factors Influencing College Persistence for First-Time Students,” which was published in the Spring 2015 edition of the Journal of Development Education and received the Outstanding Article Award from the National Center for Developmental Education. She plans to accept the honor next month at the group’s conference in Anaheim, California.

Stewart and her fellow researchers studied family characteristics, student academic performance, ACT scores and other factors and found that support services such as tutoring, mentoring, counseling, early intervention and financial aid improve a student’s academic deficiencies and increase the chance he or she stays in school beyond the first year.

Stewart is assistant vice president of Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment at USD.

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