ERIC Number: ED300081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Drop-Ins or Drop-Outs: A Study of Student Attrition at John Tyler Community College, Winter Quarter 1987 to Spring Quarter 1987.
John Tyler Community Coll., Chester, VA. Office of Institutional Research.
A telephone survey was conducted at John Tyler Community College (JTCC) to determine the initial goals, reasons for leaving, current activities, plans, and characteristics of students who left the college after one or more quarters of attendance. Telephone calls were made to all 103 full-time students and a 17% sample of the part-time students (N=354) who did not return. Study findings, based on a 36.4% response rate, included the following: (1) black students tended to drop out at a slightly higher rate than white students; (2) the programs with the lowest attrition rates were Clerical Studies, Architecture, Nursing, Funeral Services, and Instrumentation; (3) 84% had earned less than 16 cumulative credit hours; (4) almost half had a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and 57% were in good academic standing; (5) half of the students chose JTCC because it was close to their homes; (6) over 75% of the program-placed dropouts stated that their goal for enrolling at JTCC was to obtain a degree or certificate, and over 50% enrolled to take one or more job-related courses; (7) 92% said their courses were either very or somewhat helpful; (8) when asked to indicate their reason for leaving JTCC, 37% said they had completed the courses they wanted to take and 23% indicated that they lacked the time to attend because of job requirements; and (9) 22% had no plans to return to JTCC in the future. The interview schedule is appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Tyler Community Coll., Chester, VA. Office of Institutional Research.