ERIC Number: ED100468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
The Non-Returning Students: Who Are They? Why Have They Not Returned?
Selo, Peter A.
This self-study report is part of the Peralta Community College District's recruiting project, Operation Call Back. Former students who had been enrolled at Laney College for at least one term between Spring 1972 and Summer 1973 were invited by letter to reenroll, and 2,668 (14%) of the total population of 19,812 were surveyed by telephone to ascertain the reasons for their nonreturning status. The survey showed that females in the sample had a slightly greater tendency not to return than the males. The majority of nonreturnees were in the age bracket twenty to twenty-five years. The two major reasons for not returning to college were employment (39%), and transfer to another school (23%); other reasons cited included moving to another area, family responsibilities, and enlisting in the service, as well as perceived poor quality of the college. Of least importance were the two areas within the scope of the college: lack of availability of a course or program (3.6%) and "too hard or failing" (1%). It was concluded that "drop out" seems an invalid term to be applied to the nonreturning student, since the term "drop out" implies failure of the student as well as of the college. (ER)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laney Coll., Oakland, CA.