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ERIC Number: ED077338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 15
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College Attrition: A Cause Appraisal Technique.
Ciampa, Bartholomew J.
This report describes a unique institutional approach to study the causes of student attrition recently completed at Nasson College, Maine. The population of the study included all students who had been enrolled during the preceeding seven semesters and who subsequently withdrew or were dismissed for academic reasons. A questionnaire survey technique was employed with items designed to elicit responses in the areas of student personnel services, admissions effectiveness, and curriculum and instruction. The instrument was designed to identify the reasons which could contribute to a student's decision to withdraw; it was also intended to identify the college's assets from a student's perspective so that these strengths could be enhanced. Results indicated the attrition rate of Nasson College was found to be somewhat higher than similar types of 4-year institutions included in a national sample. The technique and instruments described in this study can, with minor adjustments, be broadly applied to institutions of higher learning that consider student attrition to be an actual or potential problem source. Related material and the survey instrument are included. (MJM)
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Authoring Institution: Nasson Coll., Springvale, ME.