ERIC Number: ED205070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
They Do Not Come Back: Lightfield Revisited. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Gresty, Steven A.; Hunt, W. Kevin
Attrition of 1978 first-time students at Tidewater Community College and student demographic and attitudinal characteristics were investigated to assist the college in decreasing attrition of new students. Nonreturnees were identified and distinguished from students readmitted to the college during the subsequent five quarters. Information is provided on the following student characteristics: sex, full-time/part-time enrollment status, night versus day enrollment, race, enrollment in curricular versus noncurricular programs, and grade point averages. New students in fall 1978 totaled 5,817 and 2,829 failed to return to the college for at least one quarter. The primary educational goal of students who dropped out permanently and students who returned for at least one quarter (stopouts) was compared. Some evidence indicated that academic success of nonreturnees had very little impact on their decision to reenroll at the college. During the summer of 1979, 421 randomly selected nonreturning students were assessed in terms of goals and reasons for attending college, reasons for not reenrolling, evaluation of services, and suggestions for improvement of services. Responses were obtained from 178 nonreturning students. The primary goals for attending Tidewater Community College were to obtain occupational/technical training to enhance job performance (40 percent), to satisfy specialized or personal interests (33 percent) and to obtain an associate degree or specific courses for transfer purposes (13 percent). (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Stopouts; Tidewater Community College VA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).