ERIC Number: ED180366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Student Persisters and Non-Persisters at Old Dominion University.
Howell, Lloyd R.; And Others
Demographic, academic, and other college-related characteristics of the persisting and nonpersisting students at Old Dominion University were investigated during a one-year period from fall 1976 to fall 1977. Information was collected from the student master registration file for a study population of 11,637 undergraduates. The students ranged in age from 18 to 67, came from various ethnic groups, and included both full- and part-time enrollments. A total of 65 percent of the student body persisted from one year to the next. This yielded a nonpersistence rate of 35 percent, slightly higher than the national average. It is noted, however, that the nonpersisting rate for degree-seeking students is only 22.4 percent. Academic factors were found to be the most important predictors of attrition. Student housing was also an important variable. Larger portions of the degree-seeking persisters than the degree-seeking nonpersisters were placed in campus housing, while larger proportions of the nonpersisting students indicated they wished to be placed on campus but were not. It is also noted that because of the unique environment in which the university operates, the nondegree student population consists of a large portion of active duty military personnel. This accounts for the fact that findings characterize the nondegree-seeking nonpersister as a male student who is on active military duty. It is suggested that research be conducted to determine students' reasons for attending or leaving Old Dominion University. Tables of statistical data are appended. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Housing, Demography, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Research, Military Personnel, Persistence, Predictor Variables, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Undergraduate Students
Old Dominion University, Office of Institutional Studies, Norfolk, VA 23508
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA.