ERIC Number: ED151067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Student Attrition in the Wisconsin VTAE System Pertaining to Southwest Wisconsin Vocational-Technical Institute. Final Report.
VanDyck, Rita; And Others
The purpose of this report was to obtain information on first semester dropouts from Southwest Wisconsin Vocational-Technical Institute (fall semester 1976) and to ascertain their reasons for leaving. A total of 135 individuals received questionnaires; response rate was 52%. Questionnaire items covered dropout characteristics, problems encountered in attending school, enrollment and instructional experiences, and current opinions. Although respondents were split evenly by sex, in proportion to the attending student body (76% males and 24% females), the attrition rate was greater for females than males. The highest attrition rate was for ages 20-25 (31.4%), followed by 28.6% for 18 year olds and 21.4% for 19 year olds. The programs with the highest dropout rates were mechanical drafting (33.3% of total enrollment), food preparation assistant (25%), and retail sales (25%). The main problem dropouts had in financing their education was ineligibility for grants; a high percentage had been employed while enrolled, and many in dropping out opted for immediate employment over education for future employment. Approximately 53% were not interested in attending any school in the future. Less than half felt they had gotten what they wanted from this particular institute. Policy recommendations for dealing with potential dropouts are made on the basis of the findings. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Wisconsin Vocational-Technical Inst., Fennimore.
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