ERIC Number: ED119603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct-25
Reference Count: 0
Advising-Attrition Effects-A 12 Month Analysis.
Drake Univ., Des Moines, IA.
Is there an effective way to reduce freshman attrition at Duke University? If a group of freshman students preidentified as exit prone is provided with more advising time from a member of the ranked faculty, then the rate of attrition from this exit-prone group will be less than the attrition rate for the rest of the freshman cohort. Is there a difference between the attrition rate of exit-prone students and of the freshman cohort. The group tested was segregated on the basis of low test score performance on the ACT and SAT test, low rank in high school class, and their score on a device reputed to identify exit-prone students. The rate of attrition from the exit-prone group was significantly lower than the withdrawal rate from the cohort group during the academic year. The exit-prone group received regular counseling from advisors who were part of the humanistic advising-training program while the cohort group did not. The overall effect of concentrated advising for exit-prone students appears to be two-fold. It prolongs the enrollment of students who might normally be expected to withdraw during the freshman year. It also improves the return rate at the beginning of the sophomore year for the class as a whole. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Drake Univ., Des Moines, IA.