ERIC Number: ED263950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Statistical Comparison of Gender Differences and Stopouts/Dropouts in the Two-Year Colleges.
Smith, Alan D.
In 1978-79, a study was conducted of students enrolled in the Community and Technical College at the University of Akron to test for discriminative relations between male and female students, nontraditional (25 years of age and older) and traditional students, and persisters and nonpersisters. A questionnaire distributed to students who were enrolled in fall 1978, and either returned or failed to return for the spring 1979 semester, yielded response rates of 21% for nonpersisters and 28% for persisters. Study findings included the following: (1) 90.1% of the nonpersisting traditional students were seeking an associate degree, compared to 72.5% of the nontraditional students; (2) in comparison to traditional-aged persisters, nontraditional persisters tended to be more satisfied with the university, enrolled more often in evening classes and on a part-time basis, enrolled for less hours, and lived closer to the school; and (3) respondents had higher achievement test scores and high school grade point averages, and enrolled for more course work than nonrespondents. A three-page reference list and extensive data tables are appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
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