ERIC Number: ED267871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Pre-College and Post-Matriculation Predictors of Attrition at Miami-Dade Community College. Research Report No. 84-33.
A study was conducted to examine several academic and non-academic variables in terms of their relationship to student attrition at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC). The study sample consisted of 306 associate in arts degree-seeking students who first enrolled in fall 1981. Four groups of students, defined according to the last semester attended, were examined for differences in mean high school grade point average (GPA), high school class size, Comparative Guidance and Placement (CGP) test scores, first term GPA, credits earned, ethnicity, and gender. Study findings included the following: (1) first-term GPA and credits earned were significantly related to attrition; (2) demographic variables were not found to be directly related to attrition; (3) students who dropped out after one semester had significantly lower first-term GPA's and earned fewer credits than students who persisted longer; and (4) the significant interaction between attrition and gender with regard to high school GPA and CGP writing scores suggested that a predisposition to withdraw might be gender specific. A literature review on attrition is included. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.