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ERIC Number: ED168428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep-29
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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Effect of Curricula Choice on Attrition at Western Illinois University.
Lueck, Lowell A.; Gilbert, Charles C., III
The relationship between attrition and choice of major was studied at Western Illinois University. A secondary purpose was to determine whether measures of accademic ability, as well as curricular choice, will provide a basis for determining if attrition is likely to occur. Entering freshmen in the summer and fall terms of 1974, 1975, and 1976 were studied. Discriminant analysis procedures were used to predict attrition by combining college major and the following variables: high school percentile rank, ACT scores in English, math, natural science, social science, and ACT composite score. It was concluded that it is possible to improve prediction of attrition by combining measures of academic ability and achievement and major choice. It was found that information on initial achievement in college did not add materially to the ability to identify dropouts, while it did add to the ability to predict continuing students. The analysis seems to indicate that certain majors--in particular, business, information science, education, and public affairs--and services have a positive effect on retention of students. The study is being continued through the fall 1977 and 1978 classes. (SW)
Institutional Research and Planning Office, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Western Illinois University
Note: Paper presented at the Illinois Association for Institutional Research Annual Meeting (September 28-29, 1978)