ERIC Number: ED175360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Identification and Classification of the Societal and Nonsocietal Factors Affecting Student Decisions Not to Return to the Southern Technical Institute. Societal Factors.
Bannerman, James W.
Reasons why students withdrew from Southern Technical Institute were examined through a survey of 721 dropouts. A total of 257 responses were received and the reasons given by the students were classified as societal or nonsocietal. In this study, societal factors are defined as those elements of influence that are external to the institution. The most frequently stated societal reasons for not returning include: transfer to another college, change in job requirements, and change in career plans. The most frequent nonsocietal reasons were financial problems and desire for time off. A follow-up study to identify action that will reduce the impact of nonsocietal factors and assure maximum retention of qualified students is recommended. It is also suggested that a similar survey be conducted biennially to identify any new factors and evaluate the institution's efforts to reduce the nonsocietal factors. The survey instrument and tabulated responses are appended. (Author/SF)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Southern Technical Institute GA
Note: A practicum presented to Nova University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education