ERIC Number: ED030392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun-5
Reference Count: 0
A Typology of College Student Dropouts. An Environmental Approach.
Cope, Robert G.; Hewitt, Raymond G.
This study offers empirical support to the proposition that college environments differ and suggests that environmental presses in the multiversity are socially, academically, family, and religiously oriented. It is believed that a student's negative reaction to 1 or more of these presses can result in his withdrawal from the institution. To investigate this, questionnaires were sent to 1131 students who had withdrawn from the Arts and Sciences College of a large university during their first 2 years in college. (After the deletion of withdrawals defined as "involuntary," 659 remained in the final analysis sample.) The pattern of responses indicated the existence of groups of students having problems that fit into academic, social, religious, family, and perhaps other categories. Evidence showed that these may be separate problem areas for different individuals. The recognition of types of dropouts may help educators better understand how students interact with an institution's environmental presses. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Univ., Kingston.; Massachusetts Univ., Amherst.
Note: Paper presented at the 1st New England Educational Research Conference, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, June 5-6, 1969