ERIC Number: ED161358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Three Basic Designs for Studying Attrition. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Terenzini, Patrick T.
Three basic designs for studying college student attrition are described and the comparative assets and liabilities of each are discussed. It is noted that administrators faced with declining enrollments and costs for students not completing degree programs are likely to call for attrition studies, yet methodological inadequacies exist in many "local" or single-institution studies. The three basic designs--"autopsy," cross-sectional, and longitudinal designs--are evaluated with respect to such considerations as likely response rates and sample representativeness, controls for confounding variables, desirable analytical procedures, time-lines, relative costs, and applicability of data to other purposes. The information provided is intended to facilitate the cost-benefit judgments inherent in the decision to undertake an attrition study by highlighting the research and practical trade-offs required by the selection of a particular design. (Author/JMD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)