ERIC Number: ED180367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Retention Efforts: Could They Be Misdirected?
Carney, Paul; Tilton, Betty
Junior college transfer students at Florida State University who dropped out of the university were surveyed to determine their reasons for leaving and their perceptions of the university. In addition to an analysis of questionnaire results for the total sample of respondents, two subgroups were analyzed separately: (1) students who received financial aid and those who did not, and (2) students with high self-reported grade point averages (GPA) (3.01-4.00), students with medium GPAs (2.01-3.00), and students with low GPAs (0-2.00). Respondents were almost equally divided between the sexes; 93 percent were between the ages of 19 and 29; and 89 percent were Caucasians. Responses of the total group indicated: 26.7 percent did not have enough money to go to school; 20.5 percent were dissatisfied with the major department; 20.1 percent had low grades; 18.0 percent had personal problems; and 17.2 percent moved out of the area. Characteristics or services of the university that provided great satisfaction and little satisfaction and factors that would have most encouraged the students to stay are also presented. Variables that significantly differentiated financial aid recipients from nonrecipients are: conflict between job and studies, insufficient financial aid, counseling/guidance services, and financial aid opportunities. Additional analyses are provided. (SW)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Students, Dropout Attitudes, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Participant Satisfaction, School Holding Power, State Colleges, Student College Relationship, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Transfer Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Dept. of Budget and Analysis.
Identifiers: Florida State University