ERIC Number: ED247845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Postsecondary "High Tech" Training for Women on Welfare: Correlates of Program Completion.
Weidman, John C.; White, Richard N.
Conceptual models developed from dropout research on traditional, residential college students were applied to the study of nontraditional students (older, mostly minority women on welfare) enrolled in a postsecondary, nondegree program (the federal Work Incentive Program). Factors that differentiate persisters from those who withdraw were examined, based on findings of previous research on college dropouts and undergraduate career socialization. Comparisons were made of dropouts and program graduates on background and individual characteristics, pretraining experiences, commitments, social and academic integration, and outside integration (e.g., effect on children). The findings suggest that the models derived from research on traditional students can be appropriate for the study of this nontraditional group. Program completion is linked to students' goal commitments and their integration into both the academic and nonacademic sectors of postsecondary educational institutions. The importance of being alert to the possibility that educational institutions are not encapsulated environments is also suggested by the findings that intrapersonal and extra-institutional integration are related to program completion. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Students, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Research, Family Life, Females, Job Training, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Models, Nontraditional Students, Postsecondary Education, Research Methodology, School Holding Power, Student Adjustment, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Welfare Recipients
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Policy, Evaluation and Research.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Work Incentive Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).