ERIC Number: ED181831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Voluntary Withdrawal: A Survey of Stopouts, Dropouts and Transfers From Indiana University. Indiana Studies in Higher Education No. 42.
Brigman, S. Leellen; Stager, Susan Ferencz
Students who voluntarily withdrew from Indiana University's Bloomington campus after completing two successful years of their undergraduate curriculum were surveyed. The study attempts to ascertain the degree to which various personal, academic, and financial factors entered into the decision to terminate or interrupt their educational program, and to determine a student's employment and educational situation during the academic semester subsequent to withdrawal. Voluntary withdrawals were classified into three groups: (1) dropouts, students who terminated their formal education; (2) stopouts, students who resumed their education programs at Indiana University after a brief interruption; and (3) transfers, students who continued their education at another university. The groups were compared on selected academic and biographic measures. The decision to leave the university was found to be related to four dimensions: academic environment, financial demands, career focus, and social/personal environment. The withdrawals as a group considered their dissatisfaction with the academic environment, uncertainty about their career choice and their dissatisfaction with personal achievement as dominant in the decision to exit the university. Stopouts and dropouts held stronger opinions than did transfers about the individual aspects related to their withdrawal decisions. Implications of the findings for Indiana University are discussed. The survey questionnaire is appended. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Environment, College Students, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Females, Financial Support, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Research, Males, School Holding Power, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Employment, Transfer Students, Withdrawal (Education)
Bureau of Evaluative Studies and Testing, Division of Research and Development, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Bureau of Evaluative Studies and Testing.
Identifiers: Indiana University; Stopouts