ERIC Number: ED231440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
USC-Lancaster: A Retention Study for a Two-Year Commuter Campus.
Rice, Robert L.
In 1980, a study was conducted to determine the student dropout rate at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and the characteristics of typical dropout students. Data were obtained for 99% of the 736 students enrolled during fall 1980 with respect to variables including race, sex, marital status, age, major, day/evening schedule, commuting distance, semester hours attempted and completed, grade point average (GPA), predicted GPA, aptitude test scores, and admissions classification. Of these students, 41.85% returned in fall 1981 and 67.58% returned in spring 1981. When contrasted with returning students, non-returning students were significantly more likely to be readmitted students, to be undecided about their major, and to have lower GPA's. In addition, non-returning students took significantly fewer semester hours. Certain variables, such as marital status, day/evening attendance, and age, were significantly related to attrition during the spring semester, but not during the fall semester. The study report presents tables including descriptive data for the entire 1980 student population, as well as tables contrasting returning and non-returning students for both fall and spring semesters according to 15 variables. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Lancaster.