ERIC Number: ED309813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-15
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Students Who Stopped Out, 1974-1986. Volume XVIII, No. 1.
Flaherty, Toni; Lucas, John A.
Since 1974, William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) has conducted 12 surveys of students who dropped out after one or more semesters of attendance without having accumulated 48 credit hours. Each spring and fall from fall 1974 to spring 1987, students who had attended WRHC the previous term, but who were not enrolled for the current term, were surveyed regarding their employment status, educational achievement, reasons for leaving WRHC, and evaluation of various aspects of their experience at the college. A total of 2,255 students were surveyed, in samples ranging from 97 to 316 students, with an overall average response rate of 70.6%. Consolidation of the data from these surveys identified the following findings and trends: (1) the percentage of dropouts who eventually returned to WRHC declined dramatically over the 12-year period, from 35% of the 1974-76 students to only 11% of the 1986 group; (2) the students who did return earned an average of another nine credit hours; (3) the reason most frequently cited by the 1986 respondents for leaving WRHC was that their educational goals had been achieved, although job pressures and transferring to another college were also common explanations; (4) the importance of job pressures as a factor in stopping out seemed to fluctuate with the economic conditions in the state; (5) students who transferred to another college earned an average grade point average of 3.25; however, only 20% of these students were able to transfer all of the credits earned at WRHC; and (6) 80% of the stopouts were employed full time after leaving WRHC. The survey instrument and selected comments are attached. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.