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ERIC Number: ED131818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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The Student Flow Model as a Tool to Analyze the Student Dropout.
Gilbert, Charles C.; Lueck, Lowell A.
The workings of a simulation model, the Student Flow Model (SFM), designed to trace the flow of students from one enrollment period to another, are described. The model is divided into three major modules. The first is the historical module, which provides the historical base for future projections. The admissions module, the second part of the SFM, projects new students by major or any other parameter the investigator desires (e.g., sex, race, rank in class). The third component is the transition module, which projects future enrollments by taking information from the historical and admissions modules. For the investigation of student attrition, the historical portion of the SFM appears to be most useful. It enables the investigator to tell where the students are going and how long they take to get there. If they drop out, the model tells their class level and major and whether they reenter at a later time. It also allows for the pooling of several time frames to arrive at an average transition percentage, such as is used for making projections of enrollments. The basic data needed for the SFM includes a unique identification number for each student, class identification, academic program, and the term the data are collected. Crossover tables are built that combine a major into a particular broad program category. (Author/LBH)
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