ERIC Number: ED247991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep-14
Reference Count: 0
Study of Students Who Withdrew from Courses at the Hawthorne and Northeast Centers, 1982-1983. Volume XIII, No. 1.
Howard, William; And Others
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College to determine why off-campus students withdrew from courses at Hawthorne Center (HC) and Northeast Center (NEC). A total of 391 students who withdrew from degree credit classes and continuing education classes at HC in fall 1981, and from classes at NEC in fall 1982 and 1983 were sampled and surveyed. Study findings, based on return rates of 78% to 89% for degree-credit students and 63% to 77% for continuing education students, included the following: (1) the withdrawal rate of degree credit students attending NEC (27%) was higher than that for the college population as a whole (14%); (2) the principal reasons for withdrawing given by degree credit students were job pressures, inconvenient location, and ineffective instructors; (3) the primary reasons given by continuing education students were course objectives not related to needs, job pressures, personal problems, and inconvenience of course time of day. (4) only 38% of the degree students who dropped at least one course at NEC withdrew completely, and 86% of them planned to return to the college; (5) 76% of the continuing education students who dropped courses at NEC withdrew from college completely, and 67% had plans to return; and (6) among degree credit students withdrawing from NEC classes, 70% reported never having seen a counselor, while among all degree credit dropouts at the college, only 44% reported never having seen a counselor. Detailed results and the questionnaire are included. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.
Note: For earlier study, see ED 233 765.