ERIC Number: ED247984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-20
Reference Count: 0
The DeKalb Tech Retention Study.
Johnson, Berman E.
A study was conducted to determine why applicants to the DeKalb Area Vocational-Technical School did not show up for admissions testing and enrollment or did not complete programs which they began. The study identified four groups of non-completers: "no shows" (i.e., applicants who failed to report for admissions testing); "test outs" (i.e., applicants who took the admissions test but did not enroll); "fade outs" (i.e., applicants who failed to post satisfactory admissions test scores, who were accepted after a second testing, and who did not later enroll in a program); and "dropouts" (i.e., students who dropped out after enrollment). Personal interviews were conducted with 378 of the 765 students who were identified as belonging to one of the four categories. Study findings, based on interviews with 147 (46%) of the "no shows," 22 (50%) of the "test outs," 31 (74%) of the "fade outs," and 178 (50%) of the "dropouts," revealed: (1) 32% of all respondents failed to enroll or complete their program because of job conflicts, 21% lost interest, 12% enrolled elsewhere, 9% had academic deficiencies, and 7% had family conflicts; (2) among "no shows," reasons for not enrolling were job conflicts (32%), enrollment elsewhere (14%), and loss of interest (13%); (3) among "test outs," 45% had job conflicts, 23% lost interest, and 14% had academic deficiencies; (4) of the "fade outs," 26% had job conflicts and 23% lost interest; and (5) 28% of the "dropouts" had job conflicts and 24% lost interest. Interview questionnaires are appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: DeKalb Community Coll., Clarkston, GA. DeKalb Area Vocational-Technical School.