ERIC Number: ED395603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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Meeting the Needs of Nontraditional Students: Retention and Transfer Studies.
St. Augustine College (SAC), in North Carolina, has undertaken four studies to gather data on factors related to student persistence, transfer, and withdrawal from the college. In the first study, graduating students from June 1990 to December 1992 were surveyed to determine influences on their decisions to transfer to a university. Three major influences identified in the study were an intention to transfer, high levels of academic achievement, and demonstrated mathematics ability at SAC. In the second study, 100 students who withdrew from the college between 1990 and 1993 were surveyed to identify reasons for withdrawing. Reasons cited fell into the general categories of family and home problems, educational problems, and financial problems. In the third study, questionnaires were administered to 300 students in developmental English classes at various levels to determine the learning styles of Hispanic English as a second language students. Results from this study suggested that students preferred auditory and tactile learning methods to visual learning and group work. Finally, a longitudinal study of 300 students who entered in 1994-95 is currently underway to determine factors related to student persistence. Preliminary results show that students with good mathematics ability at entrance who receive encouragement are more likely to have good grade point averages, to intend to persist, and to actually persist. The graduate and current student survey instruments are appended. (TGI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Attendance, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Enrollment Influences, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Students, Performance Factors, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Transfer Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Saint Augustine College NC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Association (101st, Chicago, IL, March 23-26, 1996).