ERIC Number: ED225494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Variables Which Discriminate between Persisting and Non-Persisting Students. SAIR Conference Paper.
Pratt, Linda K.
The effectiveness of noncognitive and cognitive variables in predicting student persistence was studied. A total of 698 black freshmen entering North Carolina Central University in 1978 were studied. Sixty-one percent of the sample were female; 83 percent were between 18 and 22 years old; and 65 percent were from cities and towns with populations under 50,000. Data sources were a 1978 survey, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores and high school rank, and a file tracking all entering students each year. Discriminant analysis was undertaken using 19 variables, including the following: age; extent to which the high school class was desegregated; father's and mother's occupational level and education; family income; change in family's economic status in the last 10 years; parent's feelings about the students' secondary school grades; studying and aspirations to be on the Dean's list; value placed on obtaining good grades; and academic aspirations. For the 1980 data set, analysis of 19 variables for the same students 2 years after their university entrance correctly classified 67 percent of the discontinuing students and 62 percent of the enrolled students. It is suggested that future analysis may identify a relatively small group of variables that will identify students likely to persist. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina Central University; SAIR Conference
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (Birmingham, AL, October 28-29, 1982).