ERIC Number: ED225481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Reasons for Change of Schedule: A Survey of Reasons Why Students Drop Classes. SAIR Conference Paper.
Bottomley, Wayne N.; And Others
Major factors affecting a student's decision to drop a particular class were studied in 1982 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach. A total of 793 questionnaire forms were returned indicating reasons for 1,152 course drops. The most frequently cited reason was reduction in load, while change of section and change of class were also frequently cited. Different response patterns were found depending on the department of the class and the time of the drop. A large number of students waited until the final week to drop a course involving academic problems. One-fifth of the students indicated dropping classes because of conflicts with work or transportation. Financial considerations were the most-cited cause for drops in flight courses. Additional reasons for drops included conflict with instructor, change of major or program, and personal problems. Respondents also indicated whether a class change involved (1) a different section number for the same course and department or (2) a different course number and/or department. The procedure for estimating the survey response rate is explained and a questionnare is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Class Drops; Embry Riddle Aeronautical University FL; SAIR Conference
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (Birmingham, AL, October 28-29, 1982).