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ERIC Number: ED129361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun-24
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The "Dropout": A Look into the Historical Evolution of a Long-Standing Implied Policy at Cerritos College [California].
Hinrichsen, Keith A.; Schaumburg, Gary F.
Fluctuations in financial and enrollment conditions have caused the faculty at Cerritos College (California) to be periodically subjected to intense pressure and to be held responsible for high student withdrawal rates, alternating with periods of administrative indifference. Concomitantly, college policy on non-punitive student course withdrawal has been either rigid or liberal. This study sought to determine if a defined policy on acceptable retention and withdrawal rates should be instituted, in light of data received from students about their reasons for withdrawing from college. Questionnaires were mailed to 3,866 students who had withdrawn in fall 1974; 965 (25%) were returned. Results indicated that employment necessities, financial problems, and job conflicts were the major determinants of withdrawal. Personal and health problems were also major factors. A great deal of variation in reasons for withdrawal was found, and in many cases the interaction of several factors was responsible. It was also found that 34% of those who had withdrawn re-enrolled the following spring, and that only 10% did not plan on enrolling in the future. No formal policy on student withdrawal was suggested based on the findings, but written guidelines relating to withdrawal were recommended for counseling and instructional staff. (BB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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