ERIC Number: ED271142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May-16
Reference Count: 0
Retention/Attrition and Student Educational Objectives: NVCC Winter 1985 First-Timers. OIR Research Brief No. RB 85/86-07.
Doan, Henry M.; Verroye, Pierre
A study was conducted at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) to determine the relationship between student educational objectives and retention/attrition rates. The study followed 4,502 students who came to the college for the first time in winter 1985 for five quarters, through winter 1986. The students were asked to indicate their educational objectives and their estimate of how long it would take them to achieve their objectives on their application form. Of the 2,617 students who provided information on their objectives and estimated length of stay, 416 expected to enroll for one quarter and did so (group A), 364 expected to enroll for nine or more quarters and enrolled for only one (group B), 239 students expected to enroll for fewer quarters than their actual enrollment (group C), and 255 expected to enroll for five quarters or more and had enrolled for at least five quarters (group D). Study findings included the following: (1) group A came to NVCC mostly for job advancement (36.1%) and self-improvement (28.6%), had the highest percent of students holding a college degree prior to NVCC enrollment (43.8%), and generally performed well academically at NVCC, with 82.1% of the group earning a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher; (2) among group B students, the most common objectives were job advancement (30.7%) and career exploration (25.8%), 81.3% had no prior college degree, and 40% achieved less than a 2.0 GPA; (3) students in group C came to NVCC to prepare for transfer (29.3%) or for self-improvement (25.5%), 40% held a college degree, and 86.4% had a GPA of 2.0 or higher; and (4) 51.8% of the group D students came to NVCC to transfer, 82.3% had no prior degree, 33.7% were under 21 years of age, and 92% earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Virginia Community Coll., Annandale. Office of Institutional Research.