ERIC Number: ED191536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
MisSIS--Course Withdrawal Analysis, Fall 1979 [and] MisSIS Analysis--College Withdrawal, Fall 1979. Institutional Research Reports No. 79/80-10 [and] 79/80-11.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior Coll., Perkinston.
As a contribution to the statewide Mississippi Student Information System (MisSIS), Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College (MGCJC) conducted two surveys to determine: (1) the reasons students cited for withdrawing from courses during Fall 1979, and (2) the reasons students cited for withdrawing from college during that semester. Survey participants included 590 students who dropped courses and all 253 students who withdrew from the college. Major findings indicate a variety of reasons for course withdrawal: too heavy a course load (21.4%), grade problems (20%), conflicting job hours (10.8%), attendance problems (10.1%), dissatisfaction with the instructor (9.2%), dissatisfaction with the course content (6.4%), and miscellaneous job, transportation, or personal problems (11.5%). The majority of those who dropped a course did not feel that consultation with a counselor would be beneficial. Major reasons for college withdrawal included personal problems (15.5%), change of residence (12.6%), attendance problems (11%), and conflicting job hours (10.4%). About half of the college dropouts were employed and the majority (83.9%) expressed satisfaction with their education. While attending MGCJC, 47.7% of the respondents to the college withdrawal survey utilized counseling services, and 18.8% received tutorial assistance. The survey reports present findings for course withdrawal by discipline and for college withdrawal by major. (JP)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, College Attendance, Counseling Services, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Family Problems, Grades (Scholastic), Institutional Research, Student Attrition, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Problems, Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior Coll., Perkinston.