ERIC Number: ED211140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of Persistence after Four Semesters: Fall 1979 Entering Students. Student Flow Program, Report 15.
Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Kapiolani Community Coll.
In September 1981, a study was conducted to determine the number and proportion of students entering Kapiolani Community College in fall 1979 who: (1) attended only one semester (non-persisters); (2) attended two or three consecutive semesters, dropped out and never returned (stop-outs); (3) attended one or two semesters, dropped out, but again registered at KCC (in-outs); (4) attended all four semesters but had not graduated (persisters); and (5) graduated by the end of the fourth semester with a degree or certificate (graduates). The following personal and academic characteristics were used in the analysis: sex, age, marital status, high school and college background, new/transfer status, full-/part-time status, educational objective, major, grade point average (GPA), credit-completion ratio (CCR), financial aid, placement test scores, and academic status. The study revealed that of the fall 1979 entering group (N=2,005), 28% were non-persisters, 32% were stop-outs, 5% were in-outs, 29% were persisters, and 5% were graduates. Graduates were found in especially high proportions among candidates for certificates, students whose CCR's were 1.00, and students with GPA's of 3.0 to 3.4. Persisters were found in especially high proportions among students who completed 80% to 99% of the credits attempted and students with GPA's between 2.0 and 2.9. High proportions of non-persisters had no particular degree objective. Data tables and comparisons with a four-semester persistence study of fall 1975 entering students are provided. (AYC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Educational Background, Females, Full Time Students, Males, Married Students, Part Time Students, Single Students, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Kapiolani Community Coll.