ERIC Number: ED125674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-31
Reference Count: N/A
Attrition/Retention Study, Central YMCA Community College.
Coffey, Daniel J.
In order to determine what Central YMCA Community College can do to reduce student dropout rates, a series of questionnaires was developed and SRS information system data were analyzed for fall 1975. One questionnaire collected information from faculty on student attrition through the first eight weeks of the fall 1975 semester to find out what kinds of students dropped out, and when. Two questionnaires were administered to systematic samples of students and faculty to determine what student services were valuable in holding students. A Registrar Deficiency Study provided information on how many and what types of students dropped out during the first week of classes, while SRS data gave "time delay" information on dropouts (comparisons for several weeks). The complementary insights provided by these various sources of information led to the following conclusions: (1) Over 30% of the student population can be identified at the end of registration as likely dropouts. (2) The highest dropout rate occurs in the first week of class. (3) Instructors are providing ingredients critical to helping students succeed. (4) Counselors provide services only on request. (5) SRS data are out of touch with student enrollments from the point of registration until grades are assigned. On the basis of these conclusions the development of an Early Intervention Model is recommended. (MHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coffey (Daniel J.) Associates, Chicago, IL.