ERIC Number: ED180362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Non-Academic Factors Influencing the "Withdrawal" of Academically Ineligible Black Students.
Sanford, Timothy R.
Factors that influenced the withdrawal of academically ineligible black students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were investigated. It is suggested that students who involuntarily withdraw are rarely consulted as to their reasons for leaving and that academic ineligibility may mask many of the same reasons for withdrawing as are given by voluntary withdrawals. Findings of a study comparing 22 academically ineligible black students with academically eligible non-returning students indicate that the black students considered their poor academic records to be important but did not list their low grades as the most important reason for their withdrawal. The single reason listed by the most respondents was health or personal problems. Some differences between the two groups were apparent although it is noted that judging by the comments added to the returned surveys the two groups are nearly indistinguishable in their reasons for leaving school. It is proposed that reasons for leaving the university are similar for academically ineligible students and academically eligible students. The study also suggests that academic attrition may be reduced by the sensitive response of an institution in areas of nonacademic administration so that faculty need not feel that standards are being lowered in order to retain students. The survey instrument is appended. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Black Students, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Motivation, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship, Student Problems, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (Orlando, FL, October 1979)