ERIC Number: ED260745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Why They Don't Come Back: A Study of Non-Returning Students at John Tyler Community College, Winter 1985 to Spring 1985.
Hollins, Carol S.
In spring 1985, a study was conducted at John Tyler Community College (JTCC) to gather information from former students who were enrolled in winter 1985, but did not return in spring 1985. The study focused on students' primary goal for enrolling, whether that goal was achieved, reasons for withdrawal, current occupations, and plans for returning to JTCC. In addition to the 150 full-time students who dropped out between winter and spring 1985, 263 non-returning part-time students were also surveyed. Study findings, based on a 42% response rate, included the following: (1) proportionately, males tended to drop out at a higher rate than females; (2) a much greater proportion of black full-time students dropped out compared to their representation in the population; (3) Electronics, Data Processing, Management, Business Administration, Human Services, and pending curriculum were the areas with the largest percentage of full-time dropouts; (4) full-time students tended to give "pursuit of a degree, certificate, or diploma" as their educational goal, while part-time students cited "taking one or more job-related courses"; (5) 70% of the respondents were working at the time of the survey; and (6) 77% of the former students planned to return to JTCC. Recommendations were developed based on study findings for reducing student attrition. Former student comments and the questionnaire are included. (Author/AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Tyler Community Coll., Chester, VA. Office of Institutional Research.
Note: For a related document, see JC 850 452.