ERIC Number: ED343491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-23
Reference Count: 0
Nonreturning Freshmen at Maryland Public Campuses: Why They Left and What They Thought of Their College Experience.
Keller, Michael J.; Rollins, Cheryl J.
Studies of Higher Education and Research, n1 1992
This report summarizes the results of a statewide survey of nonreturning freshmen (n=621) at Maryland public 4-year campuses. The former students were asked about the factors that were most instrumental in their departure from their institution, their reaction to their college experience, their likelihood of re-enrolling, and their level of satisfaction with certain campus services. Findings revealed the following items: (1) for black respondents, the top two reasons for not returning to college were academic dismissal and an inability to obtain sufficient financial aid, while white students cited more numerous sets of factors; (2) lack of success in securing adequate financial aid contributed to the departure of substantially more black than white students, and larger numbers of whites left their institution because of a desire for a different academic or social environment; (3) whites were considerably more inclined than blacks to re-enroll in college; (4) most former students, black and white, appeared satisfied with many of the specific services at the college they attended; however, there was considerable dissatisfaction among members of both races with the academic advising, personal counseling, and financial aid they received; and (5) a greater percentage of blacks than whites expressed satisfaction with their overall college experiences. The survey form is included. (GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Black Students, College Freshmen, College Students, Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Counseling, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Higher Education, Racial Differences, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Student Reaction, White Students
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Studies of Higher Education, Stockholm (Sweden).
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian-American International Conference: The First Year Experience (2nd, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, July 23, 1990).