ERIC Number: ED231303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Predicting Persistence and Withdrawal: An Analysis of Factors Relating to Students' Choice of Course.
de Rome, E. A.; Wieneke, C. E.
Information relating to course choice and commitment, and use of pre-enrollment information and advisory resources, were collected at the time of enrollment in 1980 from 1,375 first-year students at the University of New South Wales. The students were enrolled in the faculties of arts, architecture, and engineering. Multivariate analyses were used to determine whether any of this information could have been used to predict students' subsequent decisions to discontinue attendance. One year later only 916 students were still enrolled: about 12 percent had withdrawn within 2 months of their initial enrollment. The results show that the information did discriminate persisting and nonpersisting students. However, as the proportions of variance accounted for by the combinations of predictors were small, it is concluded that the information had value in terms of describing the types of conditions under which students were likely to be at risk, rather than as a means of identifying particular students likely to discontinue. A followup survey of 250 students revealed that almost half had not found the content of their courses to be as they had expected. Recommendations are made with respect to institutional provision for the pre-enrollment needs of students and future research. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Persistence, College Attendance, Dropout Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Potential Dropouts, Student Attrition, Student Personnel Services, Withdrawal (Education)
University of New South Wales, Tertiary Education Research Centre, Kensington, New South Wales 2033, Australia
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). Tertiary Education Research Centre.