ERIC Number: ED164839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-14
Reference Count: N/A
Followup Study. Students Not Completing Degree Requirements. Final Report.
Parker, Doris S.
This follow-up study had three objectives: (1) provide information about dropouts that could be used by the college to identify areas where corrective action may be needed; (2) document the number and percentage of students who leave the college for reasons not amenable to corrective action; and (3) provide insight necessary to build models that will allow for the prediction of which students and the number of students who will drop out. An instrument was developed to survey students who were enrolled in Indiana Vocational Technical College, Indianapolis, between fall quarter 1976 and winter quarter 1977, and who left prior to completing their program. Three hundred eighty-four individuals responded to the survey questionnaire. The analyses of data consisted of two subparts: a descriptive analysis in the various categories, and an analysis to determine responses by sex, race/ethnic, marital status, veteran/non-veteran, and by program enrolled. The findings indicated three major reasons for students leaving school: they learned what they came to learn; there was conflict between job and studies; and there was not enough money to go to school (black students were identified as most adversely affected by lack of money). However, it was concluded there were no significant trends shown. Recommendations include revision of the student financial aid system, elimination of questions from future questionnaire which could be obtained from admission records, and conducting follow-up studies two to three times a year. (JH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Indiana State Board of Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Vocational Technical Coll., Indianapolis.