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ERIC Number: ED087296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Pages: 25
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Retention and Withdrawal of University Students. (A Study of Academic Performance of a Freshman Class).
Mehra, N.
The objective of this study is to do a preliminary investigation into the nature and extent of student dropout problems at the University of Alberta. To this end, the academic achievements of the class of 1964 are traced term by term over a period of 6 years. The following areas are examined in this study: (1) A quantitative general description of relative proportions of students who graduate, those who withdraw voluntarily, and those who are asked to withdraw due to poor academic performance. (2) An examination and identification of correlates of student's staying vs. dropping out. (3) Detection and isolation of primary predictors of the criterion variable, graduation vs. dropping out. The study demonstrates that: (1) Dropping out of a university is a very complex phenomenon and a better and firmer understanding of this phenomenon would require a deeper investigation. (2) Diversity within the dropout group is a reality, and to combine all dropouts into a single category is an oversimplification of the problem. (Author/PG)
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