ERIC Number: ED112739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Attrition at a Nontraditional Institution.
Bradley, A. Paul, Jr.; Lehmann, Timothy
Attrition at Empire State College (ECS) is calculated in terms of three types of counts: temporal, activity, and degree progress. The strategy for assessing attrition using these three quantitative techniques is discussed as are qualitative phone interviews. The attrition rate in terms of a temporal count was 28 percent. Phone interviews with 93 leavers in early 1975 showed that the dropout tends to be younger than currently enrolled students, single, working full time in a lower status occupation and enrolled as a half-time student. Students left the college primarily because of personal reasons or job related problems. Poor student-mentor relationships was the top college related reason. Additional findings on the effects of ESC experience, suggestions for improvement, and policy implications for educators and administrators are discussed. A multiple perspectives strategy for examining policy implications of the data is illustrated. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Saratoga Springs. Empire State Coll.
Identifiers - Location: New York