ERIC Number: ED316280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
Predicting Institutional Turnover from Spring to Fall Semester among Part-Time Community College Students Intending To Stay: Final Report to the Maricopa Community Colleges.
Okun, Morris A.; And Others
In 1989, a study was conducted at Phoenix College to explore institutional turnover rates from the spring to the fall semester among part-time community college students. Surveys were administered in class during spring 1989 to a random sample of part-time, working students who were enrolled in 12 credit hours or less. Students were asked about their background, outside responsibilities, educational status, affective reactions to college, and academic performance. The majority of the sample had declared majors, felt that extra help was available from instructors, and were at least moderately satisfied with Phoenix College. Major study findings, based on survey responses from 426 students, included the following: (1) 82% of the students intended to stay at Phoenix College; (2) of the students intending to leave, 90% planned to attend another college; (3) among students planning to transfer, 67% intended to enroll at a four-year institution; (4) 89% attained a grade point average (GPA) for the spring semester 1989 above 1.99; (5) course offerings and scheduling conflicts were the most frequently mentioned school-related obstacles; (6) time/scheduling at work and lack of money were cited often as non-school-related barriers. After excluding students with GPA's below 2.00, student responses were correlated with their continued enrollment at Phoenix College in fall 1989. Commitment to the intention to stay was the strongest predictor of continuation status. The survey instrument is appended. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maricopa County Community Coll. District, Phoenix, AZ.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe.