ERIC Number: ED192828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Early Identification of the Potential Dropout: An Exploratory Study Based on Fall 1979 New Students. Student Flow Program, Report 6.
Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Kapiolani Community Coll.
Based on data collected from the 1,288 students who enrolled at Kapiolani Community College as first-time freshmen in Fall 1979, a study was undertaken to determine the characteristics of new students that are predictive of two dependent variables: (1) second semester enrollment, and (2) a first semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above. A stepwise regression analysis was applied to assess the predictive value of the following independent variables: full- or part-time enrollment status, educational objectives, scores on English and math placement tests, sex, age, marital status, high school GPA, employment status, basic skills competency, educational goals, college choice, financial worry, defined career plans, and degree of student self-confidence. Study findings, based on two separate regression equations for vocational and liberal arts students, indicate that while academic characteristics seemed more highly correlated with GPA and academic persistence than did personal characteristics, none of the independent variables could account for more than 20% of the variance in either of the dependent variables. Data tables and summary conclusions and recommendations are included in the study report. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, Community Colleges, Dropout Characteristics, Liberal Arts, Multiple Regression Analysis, Predictive Validity, Predictor Variables, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Kapiolani Community Coll.
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