ERIC Number: ED220043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Student Persistence Patterns: A Computerized System for Monitoring Enrollment. AIR Forum 1982 Paper.
Van Dyk, Jane M.; Kerstein, Dianne
The design and development of a computerized student flow model at Eastern Montana College and its use in monitoring student enrollment are considered. In addition, guidelines are presented for adapting a flow model to the dimensions of a particular institution. Particular emphasis is given to reviewing the criteria that researchers should use when evaluating student flow models for a possible application at their own institutions. The model is a computerized recordkeeping system that allows the monitoring of individual students and their progress through the college. The system, comprised of a series of COBOL programs, stores selected student characteristics and attendance patterns in the flow model master file. In addition to updating student records in the master file and adding new students each academic quarter, statistical and persistence records are generated. Student characteristics, such as age, sex, and high school grade point average, are stored in the master file, which can be accessed interactively to view or change individual records. Student persistence is reported both in individual and summary form for the students being monitored. Special reports for various types of students, such as older students or minority students, may be generated. The system utilizes three files: the student file, the graduation file, and the flow model master file. The following variables may be used either singly or in combination to select the specific group of students: class, status, quarter of attendance, major, ethnicity, and sex. The student profile report includes information on geographic origins, age distribution, and part-time and full-time status. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Students, Computer Oriented Programs, Data Collection, Databases, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Information Systems, Institutional Research, Longitudinal Studies, Models, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Student Records
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Eastern Montana College; Student Flow Model
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (22nd, Denver, CO, May 16-19, 1982).