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ERIC Number: ED016099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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VARIABLES RELATED TO PERSISTENCE, TRANSFER AND ATTRITION OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS.
VAN ERDEWYK, ZENO M.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ACADEMIC AND NONACADEMIC VARIABLES RELATED TO THE PERSISTENCE, TRANSFER, AND ATTRITION OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS WAS STUDIED TO PROVIDE COUNSELORS AND COLLEGES OF ENGINEERING WITH INFORMATION NEEDED TO ASSIST COLLEGE-BOUND YOUTH IN MOVING TOWARD EVENTUAL CAREER SATISFACTION. INFORMATION ON ACADEMIC VARIABLES WAS GATHERED FROM STUDENT RECORDS IN UNIVERSITY OFFICES, AND SCORES FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT) AND NONACADEMIC INFORMATION WAS GATHERED FROM COLLEGE RECORDS AND FROM QUESTIONNAIRES RETURNED BY 316 OF THE 430 MALES ENROLLED IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA. FINDINGS REVEALED THAT FRESHMAN PERSISTERS HAD SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER MEAN ACT COMPOSITE SCORES, HIGH SCHOOL GRADES, FIRST SEMESTER COLLEGE GRADES, AND FIRST COLLEGE CHEMISTRY COURSE GRADES THAN FRESHMAN TRANSFERS AND DROPOUTS. THEY ALSO HAD SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER MEAN ACT MATHEMATICS SUBSCORES AND FIRST COLLEGE ALGEBRA COURSE GRADES THAN FRESHMAN DROPOUTS. THE SOPHOMORE PERSISTERS HAD SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER MEAN ACT SOCIAL STUDIES SUBSCORES, HIGH SCHOOL GRADES, FIRST SEMESTER COLLEGE GRADES, AND CUMULATIVE COLLEGE-GRADE AVERAGES THAN SOPHOMORE DROPOUTS. THE ACT MATHEMATICS SUBSCORES WERE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER FOR JUNIOR PERSISTERS THAN TRANSFERS, AND THEIR HIGH SCHOOL GRADES AND CUMULATIVE COLLEGE GRADES WERE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THOSE OF JUNIOR DROPOUTS. THE SIZE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS AND THE STUDENTS' EVALUATION OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION RECEIVED IN HIGH SCHOOL DID NOT DIFFER SIGNIFICANTLY FOR PERSISTERS, TRANSFERS, AND DROPOUTS. ENGINEERING STUDENTS WITH LESS THAN A STANDARD ACT SCORE OF 26 IN MATHEMATICS, 2.80 HIGH SCHOOL GRADE AVERAGE, 2.05 FIRST SEMESTER COLLEGE GRADE AVERAGE, 2.00 FIRST COLLEGE CHEMISTRY AND MATHEMATICS COURSE GRADES WERE INCLINED TO HAVE PROBLEMS, TO TRANSFER, OR TO DROP OUT OF ENGINEERING. (HC)
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Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA