ERIC Number: ED261747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Non-Returning Students: Full Time and Part Time, Spring 1981-Spring 1982 and Fall 1982-Fall 1983. Technical Report, 85-03.
A study was conducted at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to determine the elements which contribute to student attrition. Two separate groups of non-returning students were surveyed in 1982 and 1984. The first group was composed of students who attended MCCC in spring 1981, but did not return in fall 1981 or spring 1982. The second group consisted of students who attended in fall 1982, but did not return in spring or fall 1983. Survey responses were obtained from 41% (N=277) of the full-time and 27% (N=621) of the part-time non-returning students in the spring group; and 40% (N=184) of the full-time and 33% (N=992) of the part-time non-returning students in the fall group. Study findings included the following: (1) transferring, financial problems, and job responsibilities were among the most frequently cited reasons for not returning to MCCC; (2) the most common reason for not returning for the spring group was transfer to another school, while job responsibilities were the biggest influence among the fall group; (3) increased personal/family responsibilities and job responsibilities were the major reasons for attrition among part-timers; (4) the fall-to-fall full-time non-returnees had a larger percentage of blacks and females than the spring-to-spring full-time group; (5) 32% of the spring group were working in a field related to their major compared to 21% of the fall group; (6) over 80% of both groups stated they would recommend MCCC to a friend; and (7) 43% of the full-time spring and fall non-returnees had plans to return to Mercer in the future. The questionnaire is appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Community Coll., Trenton, NJ. Office of Institutional Research.