ERIC Number: ED191512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
Historical Highlights of the Three-Year Nor Cal Attrition Reduction Effort: An Overview, from a Perspective That Overlooks Ten Years, of the Highlights of a Three-Year, California Community College Research Consortium Effort to Reduce Attrition Among First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen.
Kester, Donald L.
Methodology and findings are summarized for a three-year research project undertaken by a consortium of 28 Northern California (Nor Cal) community colleges to identify and help the potential dropouts among full-time, entering freshmen. The report first discusses the creation of the Nor-Cal consortium and then examines each of the three research phases: (1) a descriptive phase (1968-1969), in which the persistence of 28,000 entering students who had completed a biographical questionnaire based on a review of attrition literature was monitored; (2) a predictive research phase (1969-1970), in which an instrument to identify dropout potential was developed on the basis of Phase I findings; and (3) an experimental phase (1970-1971), in which the effectiveness of various techniques used to reduce attrition among identified high-risk students was tested. Results for each phase are summarized. The report concludes with a statistical examination of the validity of the predictor instrument, and a discussion of the techniques employed and the success achieved by each of the colleges in their attempts to aid potential dropouts during the experimental phase. Bibliographies dealing with the Nor Cal project and attrition in general are appended. (JP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Freshmen, College Role, Community Colleges, Consortia, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Educational Counseling, Full Time Students, High Risk Students, Predictor Variables, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: NOR CAL Research Group
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference for Research and Development Officers of the California Community and Junior College Association (Asilomar, CA, April 24, 1980)