ERIC Number: ED176686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Student Withdrawals from Canadian Universities: A Study of Studies.
Pascal, Charles E.; Kanowitch, Seymour
A study was undertaken to locate and analyze unpublished studies on student withdrawal from Canadian universities in order to determine how many studies had been completed, what research methods were used, and what results and conclusions were reached. Letters were sent to the presidents of 51 Canadian universities requesting copies of any recent studies of the subject; responses were received from 49, showing that 12 universities had conducted research prior to 1973-74, 11 universities were conducting or preparing to conduct research, and 20 universities have never conducted research on student withdrawal. The studies were classified into four general headings: statistical, causal, multivariate, and personality studies. Among findings was that student withdrawal is on the increase. Studies examined when students withdraw; student withdrawal by program; why students withdraw; and variables such as sex, grade point average, and socioeconomic background. Problems with each of the four study methodologies are noted and recommendations, such as the need for a uniform research approach, are made. (PHR)
Descriptors: College Students, Dropout Research, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Research Methodology, School Holding Power, School Surveys, Surveys, Universities, Withdrawal (Education)
Higher Education Group, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.