ERIC Number: ED231489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-11
Reference Count: 0
Course Withdrawal Follow-Up. TEX-SIS Follow-Up, Volume 3, #1.
Yavapai County Community Coll. District, Prescott, AZ.
In spring 1982, a survey was conducted at Yavapai College to determine reasons for student course withdrawal. A TEX-SIS follow-up questionnaire was mailed to all 525 students who had dropped one or two courses, asking them to indicate their reasons for dropping the course(s) and if they felt discussion with a counselor would have been beneficial, and to make comments and suggestions. Respondents were classified as occupational/technical, university transfer, or other based on their courses. Study findings, based on 229 usable responses, revealed: (1) 24.1% of the reasons listed for dropping a course involved dissatisfaction with instruction or course content; (2) transportation problems were a cause for withdrawal for only 1.9% of the respondents; (3) 16% of the occupational/technical students and 7.7% of the university transfer students indicated "conflicting job responsibilities" as a reason for withdrawal; (4) 30.8% of the university transfer students gave "heavy course load" as a reason; (5) "personal/family illness or injury,""other personal/family reasons," and "other" accounted for 32% of the reasons for dropping out; and (6) 80.3% of the respondents indicated that discussion with a counselor would not have been beneficial. The study report includes a composite profile for the college and separate profiles for its two campuses, verbatim student comments coded by course prefix and assumed program, and the questionnaire. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yavapai County Community Coll. District, Prescott, AZ.