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ERIC Number: ED172843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Persistence Rates in Day Classes: Fall, 1978.
Gold, Ben K.
In order to investigate patterns of persistence in courses taken by day students at Los Angeles City College, class enrollment data were gathered at the end of the third week of the Fall 1978 semester, at the first and second census weeks, and on the last day of the semester. Additionally, the number of students receiving final grades other than W (withdrawal from class) was determined. Persistence rates were calculated as a percentage of third week enrollment. The study revealed an overall persistence rate of 61.3%, or conversely, that 38.7% of the students enrolled in day classes failed to complete the class with a grade other than W. Individual class dropout rate ranged from 0 to over 80%. The persistence rate of 61.3% is significantly below the Fall 1971 figure of 69.9%. Of 32 departments, 28 showed a lower persistence rate in 1978 than in 1971. Highest rates of persistence generally were experienced in two-year occupational subject fields, especially those related to health. The study report presents persistence rates for all courses alphabetically, then by combining courses into 90 subject fields and 32 departments. In addition, final persistence rates were rank ordered by department and compared with Fall 1971 data. (DR)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.