ERIC Number: ED165541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-27
Reference Count: 0
Why They Came...And Why They Left. A Study of Dropouts from a State University.
Novak, Rynell S.; And Others
A questionnaire was designed and administered by North Texas State University to determine why students drop out of the school. Of the 3,180 undergraduate dropouts who were surveyed, usable responses were received from 678. Demographic information on each student was obtained from the computerized student master file and was used for descriptive and comparative purposes. Lack of or insufficient financial support was an important factor cited for the nonreturn of many students. Over 17 percent of the respondents indicated that they needed a break and time to think about schooling. Respondents indicated their dissatisfaction with several aspects of the university, many of which relate directly to programs and services provided by Student Affairs personnel. Information about college majors of dropouts, their plans, academic standing, and other characteristics are provided. A sample questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Financial Problems, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Questionnaires, Research Projects, School Surveys, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Financial Aid, Student Personnel Services, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Texas State Univ., Denton.
Identifiers: North Texas State University
Note: Paper presented to the Southern Association for Institutional Research (Nashville, Tennessee, October 26-27, 1978)