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ERIC Number: ED097942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Students Completely Withdrawing from Southwestern College, Fall 1973. (Parts I and II).
Conducted as part of a continuing effort to understand the nature of persistence and withdrawal at Southwestern College, this study focused on the student who signs up for classes, is active on the census date, but completely withdraws from school before the end of the semester. The study provides the following: (1) the descriptive statistics, the number and percentage of those withdrawing; (2) factors associated with withdrawal; (3) replication/validation of findings from earlier studies; (4) comparisons between Southwestern College and California state-wide coverage; and (5) data to make longitudinal comparisons. Results of the study, which are tabulated and charted, show: (1) withdrawal rates at the college have remained essentially the same for the past 10 years; (2) the withdrawal rates for the college for fall 1973 are essentially the same as the average reported for 32 California community colleges for the same semester; (3) differences in sex, marital status, number of units completed, full- or part-time status, educational objective, transfer goal, and financial aid affect withdrawal and persistence rates; (4) there are no significant differences in withdrawal rates based on ethnic background; (5) the factor most strongly related to persistence is financial aid; (6) part-time students withdraw at a rate five times greater than full-time students; (7) full-time students with no specific departmental major are twice as likely to withdraw as those with a major; (8) certain departments have higher persistence rates among full-time day students who are majors, whereas other departments have lower persistence rates among majors; and (9) there is a direct relationship between the number of units taken and the rate of persistence. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwestern Coll., Chula Vista, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California