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ERIC Number: ED158825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
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Longitudinal Study of Student Flow and Persistence. Report on Second Phase.
Slark, Julie
A longitudinal study of student flow and persistence was implemented at Santa Ana College to provide student demographic data, student evaluation of the college's services, student follow-up data, and further insight into attrition/retention factors. In the fall of 1977 a sample of 629 new students (described in the first phase report) was selected; the following spring, the sample was divided into two groups: those who returned for the spring 1978 semester (344) and those who did not return (285). Questionnaires were sent to both groups to determine outcomes data for non-returning students and differences between the two groups with regard to their characteristics, and evaluation of the college and their experiences. Preliminary findings indicated that 58% of the male students, 50.9% of the females, over 60% of those under 20 years of age, 82% of students carrying 16 or more units and 74% of transfer program students persisted. Both returning and non-returning students generally rated their experiences at the college as "above average" and "excellent". Non-returning students typically reported that work-related reasons caused the interruption in their attendance. An appendix contains sample questionnaires and a collection of comments written by respondents in the non-returning student questionnaire. (Author/MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Ana Coll., CA.