ERIC Number: ED188699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Attrition/Retention Study: Fall Quarter 1979.
In response to declines in enrollment and average daily attendance since 1975, Ohlone College conducted a study of student attrition which involved: (1) a telephone survey of the 2,593 students who enrolled in Fall 1979 and dropped out or withdrew from classes before the end of the quarter; (2) a mailed survey of the 15 members of the California Community and Junior College Research and Development Commission soliciting suggestions for lowering student attrition; and (3) a follow-up survey of 50 students who had participated in the initial survey asking them to evaluate the interview process. Specifically, the study sought to assess the demographic make-up of the students who withdrew, to determine their reasons for leaving, and to identify possible ways of increasing retention. Major findings of the telephone survey, based on a 46% response rate, reveal that most dropouts were white, female, high school graduates attending selected courses in the evening on a part-time basis. Conflict between work and study was the most common reason for leaving, however, 20% of the respondents indicated that they had achieved their educational goals. The study report presents a review of the literature on student attrition, summarizes the responses from each of the three participant groups, and presents recommendations for addressing the attrition problem. (JP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Day Students, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Ethnic Groups, Evening Students, Females, Males, Part Time Students, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohlone Coll., Fremont, CA.
Note: Appendices IV through XII were deleted due to irreproducibility. Best copy available.