ERIC Number: ED180270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Users Manual for the Student Attrition Module. Field Review Edition. CASC Planning and Data System.
Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges, Washington, DC.
Tools and methods designed to assist colleges in analyzing and managing student attrition are described in this manual. The proposed strategies are intended to help the individual college identify patterns and causes of attrition and to establish reasonable goals and means for reducing attrition. The manual consists of five parts. Part I provides an overview of the issue and addresses the major concerns involved in identifying rates of attrition and possible factors affecting it. Some relationships between this module and other modules of the CASC Planning and Data System are also reviewed. Part II gives a brief overview of the data collection process and instruments. Part III supplies samples of the management information reports provided to data service users and recommends formats for displaying the data to suit specific college needs. Content and format are discussed, and suggestions for methods of interpretation are presented. In Part IV the framework of a systematic, comprehensive, and institutionally-oriented strategy designed to reduce attrition is discussed. Appended are information on the background research, development, and testing of the materials, as well as the rationale for the particular methodology used. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Attendance, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Enrollment Rate, Guides, Higher Education, Information Needs, Institutional Research, School Holding Power, Small Colleges, Statistical Analysis, Student Attrition, Surveys
Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges, Suite 320, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges, Washington, DC.