ERIC Number: ED104274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
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Towards a Comprehensive Plan to Increase Hofstra's Retention Rate: A Review of the Literature. Abstracts and Reviews of Research in Higher Education, No. 19.
This literature review examines the retention problem and applies conclusions to Hofstra University. The conclusions drawn from the various studies indicate: (1) There are many kinds of dropouts; each group should be defined operationally, as clearly as possible. (2) Although techniques for data analysis have become more consistent, it has become apparent that each individual college has a unique attrition problem. It is of prime importance to have on-going data collection and analyses to evaluate the problems and progress of an institution. (3) Precollege indicators such as socioeconomic data, commitment to get a degree, financial need, academic background, and commitment to Hofstra can help identify potential withdrawers. (4) Of these precollege variables, academic aptitude and past academic performance have been the most important indicators of college attrition in the past. (5) There are certain college characteristics, such as majors offered and location of school, that make students more or less satisfied with their school. (6) Some of these characteristics are changeable and important to the kind of student who is educationally committed and has a good academic background. (7) The attrition problem is multicausal and not fully explainable. (8) There are no comprehensive models from the literature that have produced a substantial decrease in attrition rates. In summary, the literature on retention indicates that intervention techniques appear to be the most researched and potentially positive of the tools for increasing retention. (MJM)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Authoring Institution: Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY. Center for the Study of Higher Education.