ERIC Number: ED156235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Nonpersister Study: 45 or More Credit Hours Earned, Spring 1976 to Fall 1976.
Baratta, Mary Kathryne
Students at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) who had earned 45 credit hours or more as of spring 1976 but who did not re-enroll for the fall 1976 semester were surveyed. Questionnaires were sent to 295 nonpersisting students and were designed to collect information on student characteristics, educational goals, goal achievement, when students stopped attending classes, employment while attending MVCC, financial aid received, the number of times students changed their study programs, present activities and future plans, reasons for not returning, evaluation of MVCC aspects, educational program outcomes and characteristics, and courses in which students did not succeed. A total of 174 nonpersisters (127 responding to the questionnaire, and 47 contacted by telephone) responded. Responses were separated according to student status (part- or full-time, occupational or transfer program participants). Nonpersisters cited personal or educational goal achievement, transfer to another college, job responsibilities, family responsibilities, inconvenient class schedules, lack of desired courses, and finding employment as important reasons for leaving MVCC. A majority reported dropping out of MVCC at the end of the semester. More than 50% were attending other colleges or universities, and 64% were employed. An analysis of nonpersister transcripts is included. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Moraine Valley Community Coll., Palos Hills, IL.
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