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ERIC Number: ED044115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 24
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A Comparison of Persisters and Non-Persisters in a Junior College.
Weigel, Mark
Persisting and non-persisting students at Anoka-Ramsey State Junior College (Minnesota) were compared using non-intellective measures. The purpose of this comparison was to differentiate between the two groups through questionnaire responses indicating general characteristics, reasons for attending the junior college, appraisal of services offered by the college, and attitude toward the college environment. The sample consisted of two groups--100 male students in each--who entered the college in the fall of 1968. Response rates of 76 and 49 per cent were recorded for persisters and non-persisters, respectively. Chi-square tests for significance at the .05 level were applied to questionnaire responses. On general information items, no significant response differences were noted. The group of persisters differed significantly from non-persisters in selecting more often "preparation for a better paying job" and "encouragement by people outside the college" as reasons for attending a junior college. Appraisals of the college's services and environment showed persisters significantly more negative about a required general orientation course and significantly more positive about instructor assistance, campus recreational facilities, and emphasis on cultural and intellectual pursuits outside the class. The two reasons most often selected for leaving the college were "that another school would offer more of what I was interested in," and a general feeling of "not getting anywhere." (JO)
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Identifiers: Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the EPDA Institute for Advanced Study in Student Personnel Work in Junior Colleges and Technical Institutes, University of Missouri, Columbia, Sept. 9, 1969 to June 1, 1970