ERIC Number: ED233765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep-15
Reference Count: 0
Study of Students Who Withdrew from Courses at the Hawthorne and Northeast Centers, 1981-1982. Volume XII, No. 8.
Howard, William; And Others
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to determine why students withdrew from courses at two off-campus centers. Surveys were administered to a sample of 54 degree credit and 46 continuing education students who withdrew from classes at Hawthorne Center (HC) in fall 1981, and to 56 degree credit and 44 continuing education students who withdrew from classes at Northeast Center in fall 1982. Study findings, based on information from student files and survey responses from 78% of the degree credit students at HC and 89% of those at NC, and from 63% of the continuing education students at HC and 77% of those at NC, included the following: (1) the credit student withdrawal rate at NC (26%) was higher than that for the college as a whole (12%); (2) 16% of the NC students gave the inconvenient location of the center as their primary reason for withdrawal, and 17% cited ineffective teaching; (3) the primary reasons for withdrawal among degree credit students were job pressures, inconvenient location, and course objectives not related to student needs; (4) for continuing education students, the primary reasons for withdrawal were inconvenient class times and personal problems; and (5) 93% of the degree credit students and 74% of the continuing education students who stopped attending NC intended to return to WHRC. The survey instrument and data tables detailing results for both centers are appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.