ERIC Number: ED108558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
Reasons Given for Withdrawing from College-September 1972. Report No. 111.
Witheiler, Paula; Lichtenstein, Pauline
At the start of the fall 1972 semester at Hofstra University, 688 students did not register; they represented 15.3 percent of the full-time undergraduate day students in attendance curing the spring semester who might have been expected to return in the fall. The purpose of this document is to shed light on the kinds of people who left rather than to try to answer the question of why students withdraw from Hofstra. Questionnaires were mailed in November 1972 to all students who voluntarily withdrew in September of that year. Thirty percent (206) of the questionnaires were returned. The sample differed from all withdrawers in that there was a larger proportion of females, natives, freshmen, and higher GPA's among them than among all withdrawers. Their responses were analyzed to gain some insight into the reasons given by students in good academic standing who leave Hofstra. The reasons given by withdrawers for leaving Hofstra were categorized into five major groups of reasons. Financial, personal, and dissatisfaction with nonacademic aspects of Hofstra were each cited by more than 35 percent of the respondents. Dormitory reasons were cited by more than 50 percent of the respondents who lived in the dorms. Dissatisfaction with academic aspects of the college was cited by 28 percent of the respondents. Respondent withdrawers who had GPA's of 3.00 and higher indicated that conditions of residency and dissatisfaction with nonacademic aspects of Hofstra were of the greatest importance in their decision to leave. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY. Center for the Study of Higher Education.