ERIC Number: ED226803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Study of Students Who Withdrew from Courses, 1979-1982. Volume 12, Number 2.
Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to obtain a profile of degree students who withdrew from courses at the college between 1979 and 1982. Study findings, based on forms completed by 10,148 of the 29,410 students who withdrew from courses during this period, included the following: (1) 11.5% of all course enrollments resulted in official course withdrawals; (2) students under 25 years of age were more likely to withdraw than students over 25 (13.1% vs. 8.0%); (3) the most frequently cited reasons for withdrawal were personal (16.5%), inconvenient class times (15.2%), course objectives unrelated to student needs (14.5%), and course load too heavy (12.8%); (4) 32.3% of the reasons for withdrawal were beyond WRHC's control; 59.2% of the reasons involved factors over which the college had some control; and in 8.5% of the cases, WRHC was the primary cause of withdrawal; (5) 21.4% of those withdrawing from courses left the college altogether, though two-thirds of this group had definite plans to return to WRHC; (6) 43.5% of the students who withdrew from courses had never consulted a counselor; and (7) a lower proportion of students withdrew during the summer sessions than the fall or spring sessions. The bulk of the report consists of data tables detailing findings. The student withdrawal form is appended. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.