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ERIC Number: ED038127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 18
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The Half That Leaves: A Limited Survey of Attrition in Community Colleges.
Turner, Hugh J., Jr.
Research in the area of student attrition in junior colleges is fairly limited; however, the findings of studies conducted at 4-year colleges, where more extensive research has been done, often have relevance for 2-year colleges. This survey of the literature from both areas points to several student-related and college-related factors that appear to influence discontinuance at junior colleges. The author indicates that recent research reports on student attrition have questioned academic aptitude as a predictor of perseverence in college, and thus other factors are sought to explain who drops out and why. Student-related factors involve an interplay of actual and perceived ability, family and school background, and motivation. College-related factors begin with the student's introduction to the school and depend on his adjustment to faculty, curriculum, and school mores. A closer link between community colleges and secondary schools would be an initial step in decreasing college dropout rates; student personnel programs and instructional preparation are other areas that need improvement. (RC)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Higher Education.; Florida Community Junior Coll. Inter-institutional Research Council, Gainesville.