ERIC Number: ED160179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
About Student Attrition/Retention in the Community College: A Brief Highlighting Literature Since 1973 on Community College Student Attrition/Retention.
This brief focuses on student attrition and retention in the two-year college. An introductory section discusses the definitions of attrition used in studies of student persistence; and how these definitions, which often include students who are actually completers in terms of their own educational goals, may exaggerate attrition rates, which are reported in the literature to range from 20.9% to 70.5%. Studies indicate that dropouts tend to be part-time students, vocational/technical or business majors, members of ethnic minorities, older students, women, and Protestants. Research studies have also addressed the reasons for attrition and tried to determine possible solutions to the problem. The remainder of the brief presents an annotated bibliography on attrition and retention consisting of published and unpublished materials from the ERIC files divided into six sections: general works on and definition of attrition/retention; findings from the colleges; programs and methods of reducing attrition; special groups of students and attrition; withdrawal from courses; and methodology and use of follow-up studies. (MB)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.