ERIC Number: ED198864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Attrition Characteristics: Division of Continuing Education Students, North Shore Community College.
A survey was conducted by North Shore Community College during 1979 to determine the reasons why students in the Division of Continuing Education drop out of college. During the survey, a randomly selected sample of the 1,706 continuing education students who had been enrolled during Fall 1978 but who did not reenroll in Spring 1979 were asked to check off their principal reason for withdrawal from among eight possible categories listed on a postcard questionnaire. Findings, based on 294 responses, indicated that 33% of the students had completed their program of study; 7% withdrew because of an inconvenient schedule; 6% were unable to finance further education; 1% felt that the instruction was inadequate; 1% found the work more difficult than anticipated; 1% were disappointed in the program of study; and none of the respondents indicated that their main reason for withdrawal was a lack of student support services. Half of the respondents checked off the "other" category, specifying reasons centered around job or family responsibilities; 34 of these respondents indicated that they intended to return to college. The study report reviews the literature dealing with attrition among continuing education students and compares survey findings with reasons for student withdrawal cited in the literature. A bibliography is included. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Shore Community Coll., Beverly, MA.