ERIC Number: ED246764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Correlates of Student Retention: An Eight Year Study. AIR 1984 Annual Forum Paper.
Avakian, A. Nancy; And Others
The retention of five cohorts of first-time freshmen and transfer students who reenrolled for 8 years in a nonresidential urban institution was investigated. Attention was directed to the effects of sex, race, and grade point average on retention, differences in retention for first-time freshmen and transfer students, and the extent to which students obtain baccalaureate degrees in 4 years. The longitudinal study focused on students who were enrolled during 1975-1979 and reenrolled through 1982 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. About 86 percent of the students were white, and almost half attended school part-time. The results show that there was a substantial and constant decline in the percent of first-time freshmen and transfer students who entered since 1975 and reenrolled during the first 4-year period. The retention of first-time freshmen was higher than that of transfer students for the first 4 years. On the other hand, the cumulative percentage of transfer student graduates by the fourth year was almost double that of the first-time freshmen. The average grades for students who persisted in school rose for each succeeding year. A small but consistently higher retention rate was found for males compared to females. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (24th, Fort Worth, TX, May 6-9, 1984).