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ERIC Number: ED063919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun-6
Pages: 160
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Individual and Environmental Factors Associated with Freshman Attrition at a Multi-Campus Community College.
White, James Howard
The purpose of this study was to test the relationship between selected factors and voluntary attrition occurring during the freshman year at Montgomery College (Maryland) in the 1969-70 academic year. The study sample was 952 of the 1748 freshmen: 476 students that had voluntarily terminated attendance at college prior to beginning their second year (non-persisters), and 476 that were still enrolled at the college at the beginning of their second year (persisters). The following factors were identified as being related to why non-persisters do not enroll for their second year of college: uncertain goals, lack of interest, personal and psychological problems, financial problems, poor grades, conflicts with parents, and courses not relevant to one's goals. Recommendations include: (1) the counseling staff at Montgomery should design different approaches to deal with the psychological syndrome that typifies the potential college non-persister; (2) the relevance of the ACT battery to the needs of the college and its students should be reexamined; (3) the fact that first semester GPA is a very significant factor in attrition should cause the faculty to review their philosophy concerning academic regulations and the grading system; and (4) the college should establish a follow-up procedure whereby each year the enrollment status of every full-time freshman student would be determined. (RG)
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland