ERIC Number: ED274410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Where Have All the Students Gone? A Study of Student Attrition at John Tyler Community College, Winter 1986 to Spring 1986.
Hollins, Carol S.; Smith, Myra Goodman
A survey was conducted of students who left John Tyler Community College (JTCC) after one or more quarters of attendance. The purposes of the study were to establish the students' primary goals for enrolling, evaluate whether their goals were achieved, identify the reasons for their withdrawal, ascertain their current activities, and determine whether they planned to return to JTCC in the future. A total of 1,843 students identified as non-returning between winter and spring of 1986 were surveyed. Study findings, based on a 46% response rate, included the following: (1) in relation to their representation in the student population as a whole, a high proportion of part-time students dropped out; (2) male students tended to drop out at a higher rate than females; (3) the percentage of non-returning students by ethnic status and by residence was proportionate to that of the total student enrollment; (4) unclassified students accounted for almost three-fourths of all students who dropped/stopped out; (5) the programs having the largest attrition rate were auto diagnosis, building construction, career studies, data processing, general studies, and welding; and (6) over three-fourths of the non-returning students had earned less than 16 cumulative credit hours. The survey instrument is appended. (EJV)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Followup Studies, Majors (Students), Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Tyler Community Coll., Chester, VA. Office of Institutional Research.