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ERIC Number: ED104464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-8
Pages: 9
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Student Attrition in the Open-Door Community College: A Working Hypothesis.
Moore, E. Maynard
Traditionally, postsecondary education is based on a selective model in which students are uniformly expected to benefit from the methods of instructors and their concepts of appropriate curriculum and educational goals. Under this system, 30 to 70 percent of all community college students become part of an attrition statistic. In order to adapt education to the student, the entire college environment must be analyzed, both for the factors that cause student attrition and for the various resources that might be utilized to meet student needs and to counteract these factors. This paper presents an adaptive education model, which operates on a causal stratum and a decision stratum. The causal stratum involves the identification of the reasons why students do not attain their educational goals in the particular institution. The decision stratum involves the construction of a methodology for eliminating causal factors, including problems in curriculum, evaluation of student performance, counseling services, and roles of counselors and instructors. The model utilizes a "systems-dynamic" approach, which realizes that the data elements of both strata are constantly changing. If predictors of student success in the present institution are poor, this model should be able to point out specific changes which in turn can prevent the projected results. (DC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Community College Social Science Association (Dallas, Texas, November 8, 1974)