ERIC Number: ED070435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
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1971 - 1972 Student Attrition: Antecedent and Consequent Factors.
Alfred, Richard L.
In this study of the extensiveness of impact, as measured by number of academic courses terminated, of selected self-related factors on student attrition, 1802 subjects, 1142 males and 660 females, comprised the sample. The factors investigated were: within-district/out-of-district residence; part-time/full-time enrollment status; and sex. Each factor was used as an independent criterion measure for classifying students according to the variable response categories (male/female, part-time/full-time, within-district/out-of-district), and an evaluation was made as to empirical variation between factor subgroups. The criterion measure of attrition used was a statistical tabulation of curriculum course withdrawals during the Fall Semester 1972 by the entire sample of students who enrolled during the Fall Semester 1971. Five statistical analyses were conducted. Results of the study show that there are significant differences in attrition rates for students classified according to place of residence relative to the number of courses terminated. It was also found that student attrition is higher among part-time as compared with full-time students. The majority of female students (79%) terminated only one or two courses prior to institutional withdrawal, whereas 59% of the male students exhibited a similar tendency. It was also found that enrollment status does affect the sex factor in student attrition. Although women exhibit a lower tendency than men to terminate their entire program prior to institutional withdrawal, enrollment status is an intervening factor. Finally, it was found that 36% of the total student population did not return. Tables present the statistical data. (DB)
Descriptors: Age, College Students, Community Colleges, Dropout Research, Educational Research, Enrollment Influences, Factor Analysis, Females, Higher Education, Males, Part Time Students, Research Methodology, Residential Patterns, Sex (Characteristics), Statistical Data, Student Attrition, Student Mobility, Tables (Data)
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Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Junior Coll. District, Kansas City, MO.