ERIC Number: ED042068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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An Investigation of Harvard Dropouts. Final Report.
Nicholi, Armand M., II
Approximately half of the 7,000,000 students currently enrolled in college will fail to complete their education. This study investigates the causes of this high attrition rate by examining the records of 1,454 undergraduates who dropped out of Harvard College for various reasons over a 5-year period. Sources of the data were: (1) Registrar's records; (2) psychiatric records; and (3) questionnaires yielding follow-up information sent to each of the sample who had failed to return to Harvard by September 1963. Some of the major findings were: (1) 24% of each class withdraws during its 4 years in college; (2) more than 43% of the sample left for psychiatric reasons; (3) more than 700 of the students who withdrew failed to get a degree from Harvard, and 420 of these failed to get a degree from any college; (4) the majority of students gave personal or medical reasons as the primary cause for dropping out; (5) although the dropouts had high academic potential, their academic performance at the time of leaving college was poor; and (6) American blacks had a higher dropout rate than the average undergraduate. African blacks, however, had a much lower dropout rate. This report discusses in detail the differences between the psychiatric dropout and the general dropout in terms of family and school background, academic record, field of concentration and return to college. (AF)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.