ERIC Number: ED302303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Retention at Olympic College: A Statistical Report, Fall 1986-Winter 1987.
A study was conducted at Olympic College (OC) in the State of Washington, to investigate the personal and academic characteristics of student dropouts and their reasons for leaving the college. Questionnaires were sent to 500 fall 1986 students who completely withdrew from OC during the term or received all F's, W's, or other unproductive grades (i.e., mid-term leavers) and 500 students who enrolled in fall 1986 but did not graduate or re-enroll in winter 1987 (i.e., between-term leavers). Study findings, based on a 15% response rate, included the following: (1) students who did not persist were more likely to be female than male; (2) between-term leavers had the same racial make-up as the student population as a whole, but mid-term leavers were significantly more likely to be minority group members; (3) over 50% of the mid-term and between-term leavers left OC during or after their first year or term at the college; (4) 83% of the leavers had not applied for financial aid; (5) 70 of the respondents gave an academic reason as their main reason for leaving, 7 gave a financial reason, and 48 gave a personal reason; and (6) students were generally satisfied with most OC programs. Survey instruments and student comments are appended. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Olympic Coll., Bremerton, WA.