ERIC Number: ED210969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Student Retention at UW-Oshkosh. Planning Report.
Data on student retention at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, are analyzed. The retention rate of full-time freshmen for each of the past five years is presented versus the projected effects of achieving the institutional enrollment goal each year until 1986. Retention increased by only .1 of 1 percent in 1980 as compared to just over 2 percent in 1979. The full-time students of the fall, 1975 freshman class are traced through five years of enrollment. After one year, 67.2 percent were re-enrolled; after two years, 51.2 percent were still enrolled, and 33.1 percent of the students eventually graduated within an elapsed time of five academic years. Comparative retention data are presented for freshman minority students. The retention rate of full-time minority freshmen dropped from 72 percent in fall, 1976 to 44 percent in fall, 1978, and the retention rate was 52 percent in fall, 1980. The retention rates for different departments within the university also are examined. Students who had not elected a major tended to have a significantly poorer retention rate, about 7 percentage points below average. Analysis of retention rates of freshmen according to credit load indicates that the number of credits carried is strongly related to student retention: the highest rates of retention occurred for freshmen who carried 18-20 credits. Retention rates are analyzed in relation to age, grade point average, rank in high school class, and place of residence within the state. Diagrams illustrating student flow or progression are presented, and the value of computerized simulation to project enrollment patterns is noted. Additionally, the relationship between inflow and outflow is considered. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, Departments, Enrollment Projections, Enrollment Trends, Full Time Students, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Longitudinal Studies, Majors (Students), Minority Groups, Predictor Variables, School Holding Power, State Universities, Student Attrition
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Oshkosh. Office of Institutional Research.