ERIC Number: ED033650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
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Students Who Withdraw from Courses. A Descriptive Analysis.
Deren, Sherry; And Others
A study was conducted of all undergraduate students who withdrew from courses at Hofstra University during the Fall 1966 semester. This report presents a descriptive analysis of the findings of this study. During the semester, 12% of the enrolled undergraduates withdrew from one or more courses. The highest rates of course withdrawals were associated with males, lower classmen, day students, those with relatively low GPAs, and those majoring in the natural sciences or business. Of those who cited reasons for withdrawal (69%), personal reasons were given most often by upperclassmen and evening students, and academic reasons most often by underclassmen and day students. In comparing early and late withdrawals during the semester, it was found that later withdrawals were associated with males, day students, and those with GPAs under 3.00. Twenty percent of the withdrawals occurred during the last week of the semester. A comparison of Hofstra's withdrawal policies with other NYC area schools and Harvard University revealed that Hofstra's requirements appear to be less stringent in regard to when withdrawal is permitted and whose approval is necessary. It is concluded that although change in withdrawal policy should be considered in terms of its overall effect on student learning, it would be difficult to predict the effect of such change. (DS)
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Authoring Institution: Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Identifiers: Hofstra University NY