ERIC Number: ED291435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Follow-Up Study of Non-Returning Students.
Cotnam, John D.; Ison, Sherrill
In spring 1987, a study was conducted at Monroe Community College (MCC) to determine the factors which influence attrition and retention, with particular focus on the reasons why students who have not graduated fail to return for succeeding semesters. Questionnaires were mailed to 452 former students, requesting information on students' rankings of the importance of various factors in explaining why they did not return to MCC, their likelihood of returning to MCC, their major reason for attending the college, their rating of their college experience, and their interest in having an academic advisor contact them. Study findings, based on a 39% response rate, included the following: (1) 90% of students reported personal rather than institutional factors as the primary reason for not returning; (2) 85% reported that no intervening college service would have helped them continue their education at MCC; (3) 81% rated their experience at MCC as excellent or good; (4) 78% reported that they either met their educational objectives at MCC or planned to return in order to meet these objectives; (5) differences between the day and evening registrants were evident in their initial objectives; and (6) day students (42%) were twice as likely as evening students (19%) to be attending college or university elsewhere at the time of the survey. The survey instrument is appended. (UCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Monroe Community Coll., Rochester, NY. Office of Institutional Advancement.