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ERIC Number: ED031240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 127
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NORCAL Project: Phase I. Final Report.
MacMillan, Thomas F.
Phase I of Northern California Cooperative Research Project on Student Withdrawals (NORCAL) examined withdrawal and continuing students in 23 colleges, evaluated the data, predicted potential withdrawals, and summarized findings. A questionnaire was used to help develop a model to predict attrition within the first term of enrollment. The junior college student has been shown to be generally lower in academic ability, less committed to abstraction, and from a wider socioeconomic range. The final persistence model was to be evaluated against this complexity. Data on factors influencing withdrawal were sought among academic, environmental, and social personal items. The academic included high school record, scholastic ability, and first-year college grades. Environmental factors comprised peer pressures and social interests, and the college cultural climate. Social personal factors included age and time of entry to college, sex, socioeconomic status and degree of family support, family values as shown by occupation and education, personality traits and human relations, and such personal items as motivation, marriage plans, conflict of goals, and family attitudes. These data indicated three possible directions for Phase II of NORCAL: (I) discontinue it; (II) continue to emphasize attrition prediction, using these data combined with earlier research; (III) continue, with any of several possible new emphases. A combination of II and III seemed most likely at time of writing. (HH)
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Identifiers: California