ERIC Number: ED338747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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An Investigation of Black Student Attrition at Indiana University.
Sailes, Gary A.
Black student attrition and its causes were studied at Indiana University. Approximately 60% of black students do not graduate within 5 years of their initial enrollment, in comparison with 40% of white students. A mail survey identified 48 institutional factors and asked students to respond to each was sent to all African American students who had left the University before graduation in the past 2 years. Responses were received from 20 males and 26 females. Most of the students were Indiana residents, and more than half had lived off campus. Reasons for leaving were diverse, but academic difficulties were the chief reason for withdrawal. Approximately 65% of the respondents left because they were dissatisfied with their grades. Over half felt they had poor study habits, and 42% had been on academic probation. Financial aid difficulties were another major factor contributing to withdrawal. Other factors often cited were the university social environment and the desire to pursue full-time work experience. Thirty-seven percent had transferred to another college, and 38% reported that they would work full-time and attempt to attend college part-time. Implications for retaining black students in college are discussed. A bar graph illustrates the withdrawal reasons. A list of five references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: African Americans; Indiana University