ERIC Number: ED312932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
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Logit Analysis of Graduate Student Retention and Graduation.
Ott, Mary Diederich; Markewich, Theodore S.
Logit analysis coupled with the BMDP4F computer program (Brown, 1983) was used to derive an appropriate model for the study of student retention and graduation. The model was then applied to graduate student retention and graduation data from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Logit analysis is a method of determining what effects need to be entered into a model for adequately predicting the value of a categorical dependent variable and involves independent variables that are all categorical. The BMDP4F log-linear analysis procedure was used in the application on the UNIVAC 1180 to determine which independent variables and interactions were necessary to predict retention. The UMCP study was concerned with identifying predictors of (1) graduation within a specific number of years since admission and (2) retention each year after entry for students registering for master's or doctoral programs during 1977-1979. Results included the following: the difference in predicted retention rates among academic divisions at the doctoral level may be related to differences in the perceived advantage accruing to the completion of a doctorate versus the personal and financial sacrifice involved in continued study; full-time rather than part-time status at entry may be related to greater goal commitment and may result in a higher degree of social integration; and the lack of a significant relationship between age and retention in graduate school is similar to the conclusion of Pantages and Creedon (1978) for college attrition. The results of the UMCP study are compared with other studies. Two appendices include a list of graduate programs by graduate division and a table giving characteristics of sample by level of program. Tables are included. Contains 33 references. (SM)
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