ERIC Number: ED169959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Longitudinal Study of Student Flow and Persistence: Report on Third Phase.
Slark, Julie; Bateman, Harold
This is the third report of the longitudinal study of a sample of 629 students who first enrolled at Santa Ana College in fall 1977. Included are descriptive data gathered from the third set of questionnaires completed by returning and non-returning students in fall 1978 and demographic data obtained from the college's records. Third phase data are compared to that of the first and second phases. Findings revealed that, of a sample of entering students, 54% return for a second semester, 34% return for a third semester, and 24% return for a fourth semester. Persisters, in contrast to non-returning students, are more often male, 18 to 19 years of age upon enrolling, full-time students, pursuing an associate of arts degree or transfer credit, making annual incomes over $10,000, and living with their parents. The majority of persisters and non-returning students work full-time. There were no significant differences between the self-ratings of entering, persisting, and non-returning students on numerous abilities. Respondents' ratings of college services and instruction were generally favorable. Reasons most frequently cited for not returning were "decided to take a break in my studies" and "completed needed courses." Appendices contain student comments and the survey instruments. (Author/MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Ana Coll., CA.