ERIC Number: ED192647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Student Attrition/Retention Study at the College of Staten Island, 1979.
Picciano, Anthony G.
Student attrition at the College of Staten Island was investigated. The 2,786 students who left school from the spring 1979 semester to the fall 1979 semester were selected for analysis using a survey developed by the National Center for Higher Education Management Services. Responses were obtained from 452 former students. Study variables were full-time/part-time status, credits completed, grade point average, and curriculum. It was found that the most dominant characteristic of the attrition population was their need to work in order to support themselves and pay their tuition: employment was a more important immediate goal than continuing school. Certain subpopulations of students, however, did exhibit greater tendencies to one category of reasons than to others. Full-time or part-time status, and lower or upper division, are important variables and may cause students to leave for different reasons. Students who planned to return to the college and students who had no plan for college basically indicated that a variety of employment, financial, and personal circumstances were their major reasons for leaving. Students transferring to other colleges indicated largely that academic reasons were the most important reasons for leaving college. A sample survey form is included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Staten Island Community Coll., NY.