ERIC Number: ED168396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Attrition from College: The Class of 1972 Two and One-Half Years After High School Graduation. National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972.
Some findings about attrition from two- and four-year colleges and universities are presented based on NCES's National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972. Attrition is generally defined as withdrawal from college without completing a degree; in this report, students who had attended courses in the first two years after high school but did not attend in fall 1974 are defined as withdrawn unless they had completed a two-year program. It is shown that after two years, the four-year institutions lost 23.5 percent of their entrants, which is a lower rate than most earlier studies reported, with estimates ranging from 21 to 46 percent. (However, the figures are not strictly comparable, since other studies usually measure attrition four years after entering college.) Among two-year college students, 39.3 percent withdrew without completing a degree, so two-year colleges clearly lost more students than four-year institutions did. Private schools and schools with higher than average test scores for entering students had lower attrition rates. The majority of students who worked full-time withdrew at nearly double the rate of those with a part-time job or no job at all. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: Attrition (Research Studies), College Students, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Minority Groups, Motivation, National Surveys, Persistence, School Holding Power, Statistical Data, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Two Year College Students
National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, DC 20202
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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