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ERIC Number: ED193563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Predicting Which Freshmen Will Drop Out: A Measure of College Persistence.
Campbell, Cal
The ability to estimate a student's chances of dropping out should be of value to advisors counseling entering freshman. Students who had been college freshmen in the fall of 1978 and who did not enroll for the fall of 1979 (N=111), and a random sample of students (N=509) continuing their education in the fall of 1979 completed questionnaires designed to identify personal characteristics that differentiate college persisters from dropouts. Information was obtained concerning background, college expectations, college experiences, and present situations. Results indicate that the college persister is a little older upon matriculation, tends to come from an urban or suburban setting, has a definite career or academic field of interest, considers college graduation extremely important, estimates his grade-point average to be above average, and tends to be employed. Only 56% of the persisters, compared to 69% of the dropouts, indicated that the university they were attending was their first choice college. A high percentage of all respondents stated they would recommend the school to a friend. Institutions can use information about their dropouts to formulate policies for change. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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