ERIC Number: ED249370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-6
Reference Count: 0
An Attrition Study of the Off Duty Air Force Education Program at McConnell AFB.
Singer, Henry; Veeman, Frank
A study examined the attrition problem as it affected a typical institution of higher learning supporting the education program at an Air Force base. The institution involved was Butler County Community College (BCCC), which offered classes at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB). In order to determine if the high attrition rate at McConnell was unique, 126 Air Force bases were surveyed as to the scope of their retention problems. The records of military students enrolled during the 1983 fall semester with BCCC were also examined. BCCC's attrition rate was higher than the overall Air Force average, although this disparity was perhaps explained by BCCC's emphasis on English and math classes. Colleges with high attrition rates usually had more students in their programs, charged lower tuition rates, had longer terms and a longer penalty-free drop period, and used fewer intervention techniques. Sex, race, and Air Force Qualification Exam scores had no apparent effect on retention, but age, education level, and military rank did have a significant impact. Students who withdrew were much less likely to return to classes than students who satisfactorily completed classes. A new student program to increase retention was recommended that included effective orientation, student assessment, appropriate placement, student followup shortly after the start of classes, and personalized early counseling. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Air Force
Note: Presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Louisville, KY, November 6-10, 1984).