ERIC Number: ED207667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up of Students Who Stopped Out, 1974-1978. Volume 11, Number 14.
Lucas, John A.
Follow-up studies were conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to obtain a profile of students who stopped attending WRHC before earning 48 credit hours. Nine studies were conducted between 1974 and 1978, surveying students who, after attending WRHC for at least one semester failed to enroll for the following semester. A consolidation of the findings of these studies, which had an average response rate of 71.5% reveals: (1) job-related factors and transfer to another institution were the most frequently cited reasons for not returning to HC, with leaving WRHC to transfer to another school showing the most growth over the study period; (2) 55% of those who transferred were able to successfully transfer all of their HC credits; (3) 90% of the respondents had been employed while attending HC, with 48% employed full-time; (4) 61% of the respondents reported a definite major field, while 11% described themselves as still searching; and (5) a third of the respondents eventually returned to WRHC, but over 70% of these "stopouts" earned less than 12 credit hours after returning. The study report provides tables detailing results in terms of educational objectives, student majors, satisfaction with goals, WRHC's educational value, major reason for not returning, employment information, transfer education information, rating of WRHC courses and instruction, change in goals, use of counseling services and faculty advisement, student employment, and extracurricular activities. Survey instruments are appended. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.