ERIC Number: ED030532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
The Invisible Student: A Longitudinal Study of the Beginning Freshman Class of 1963 at the University of New Mexico.
Winther, Sven F.; And Others
The 1963 Freshman class at the University of New Mexico was studied through June, 1968, for performance patterns in relation to overall performance, high school grade-point average, male-female, Spanish surnames and non-Spanish surnames. In addition to university furnished data, questionnaires were submitted to a stratified random sample of approximately 25% of the entire class. The final status of the entering class of 1963 as of mid-June 1968 was 46.9% dropouts from University College, 15.2% from degree colleges, 7.8% currently enrolled, and 30.1% graduated. It was found that high school grade-point average was related to length of stay at the University; that males and females performed substantially the same with reference to staying or dropping out of the University; and that overall, the Spanish American group initially did not perform as well and had poorer grade-point average in University College. However, no noteworthy difference was found in grade-point between Spanish Americans and others during later semesters and the dropout rate was lower or about the same for Spanish Americans in every semester after the first. All recommendations indicated a greater need for official contact with students, whether enrolled, withdrawing, or under academic suspension. A copy of the questionnaire appears in the appendix. (CM)
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Authoring Institution: New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque.
Identifiers: University of New Mexico