ERIC Number: ED222210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Model for Determining Student Attrition. Occupational Education Research Project. Final Report.
Keim, H. David, III; And Others
In March, 1980, a project was undertaken to develop a model for continued identification and analysis of attrition factors in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). Specifically, the project was designed to define attrition and distinguish dropouts from other non-returning students; develop and validate instruments for collecting attrition data; develop a survey for currently enrolled students to ascertain problem areas; determine broad and specific factors affecting attrition; and develop a data-gathering model. Over a 2-year period, data were collected from more than 10,000 students attending 7 NCCCS institutions, revealing: (1) a mean of 29.7% and a median of 24% of non-continuing students were graduates, transfers, and short-term goal completers; (2) students working full-time were significantly more likely to drop out than students working part-time; (3) dropout students felt more strongly that their classes "did not meet their expectations"; (4) dropout students rated their instructors lower than did persisters and achievers; and (5) work, financial, transportation, and personal reasons were most frequently given for dropping out. The project report includes a review of attrition literature; information on study background, methodology, and findings; and recommendations for a data-gathering model, involving annual data collection using personal interviews. Appendices include questionnaires for entering, enrolled, and non-continuing students. (Author/KL)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Data Collection, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Models, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Community Colleges, Raleigh. Div. of Planning and Research Services.
Identifiers: North Carolina