ERIC Number: ED121217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Persisters and Withdrawals: An Analysis of the Differences.
Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. School of Nursing.
In a study of ways to improve the quality of education offered by the School of Nursing and to provide a data base for future studies, the reasons for persistence or withdrawal of the Class of 1975 are examined. The variables examined included: high school rank, University of Missouri-Kansas City grade point average, and the academic and nonacademic measures on the Psychological Corporation's Entrance Examination for Schools of Nursing. The persisters group was composed of 61 members of the class; the withdrawal group, 24 members. There was no significant difference in average high school rank between the groups. The persisters had a significantly higher UMKC grade point average and significantly higher mean scores on two of the seven measures of academic ability on the Psychological Corporation exam. The discriminant function significantly differentiated between members of the criterion group (Class of 1975) and the cross-validation group (Class of 1976). In general, the results tended to support previous studies regarding the use of measures of academic achievement/ability in predicting success, or persistence in school, but the results did not support previous findings based on the use of measures of nonacademic variables. Recommendations are offered. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academically Gifted, College Entrance Examinations, Dropouts, Grade Point Average, Grade Prediction, Higher Education, Medical Education, Nursing, Nursing Education, Persistence, Predictive Measurement, Student Evaluation, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. School of Nursing.