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ERIC Number: ED014113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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ATTRITION AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS.
ASTIN, ALEXANDER W.; PANOS, ROBERT J.
TO INVESTIGATE STUDENTS' ABILITY TO COMPLETE FOUR YEARS OF COLLEGE WITHIN FOUR YEARS, 36,405 COLLEGE STUDENTS AT 246 INSTITUTIONS WERE POLLED BEFORE AND AFTER A FOUR YEAR INTERVAL. WHEN STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS WERE RELATED TO THEIR DROPOUT OR NONDROPOUT STATUS (DETERMINED BY THEIR SUCCESS IN COMPLETING FOUR YEARS WORK IN FOUR YEARS), IT WAS FOUND THAT DROPOUTS--(1) COME FROM LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS, (2) DO NOT PLAN TO ATTEND GRADUATE SCHOOL, AND (3) HAVE LOWER GRADES IN HIGH SCHOOL. THE EFFECTS OF 36 CHARACTERISTICS ON DROPOUT RATES WERE ANALYZED. RESULTS INDICATE THAT 21 CHARACTERISTICS INVOLVING POSITIVE PEER RELATIONSHIPS, PARTICIPATION IN COLLEGE ACTIVITIES, FACULTY CONCERN FOR STUDENTS, AND CERTAIN ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES ARE RELATED TO STUDENT PERSISTENCE IN COLLEGE. THE RESULTS SUPPORT THE BELIEF THAT EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES ARE DETERMINED BY PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS. ALTHOUGH ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS ARE STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT, THEIR SUBSTANTIVE SIGNIFICANCE IS QUESTIONABLE. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH ARE GIVEN. THIS ARTICLE IS ACE RESEARCH REPORT, VOLUME 2, NO. 4, 1967. IT WILL ALSO APPEAR IN A FORTHCOMING EDITION OF "THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL." (PR)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National Merit Scholarship Corporation