ERIC Number: ED317260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
The Systematic Assessment of Leavers, Phase I. Final Report, 90-1045.
Redovich, Dennis W.; Rodriguez, Manuel S.
In July 1988, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) initiated the Systematic Assessment of Leavers (SAL), a 2-year, 2-phase research activity to develop and implement a monitoring process to identify the personal, demographic, institutional, and environmental factors associated with leaving the college. The target populations of the study were 6,392 students who were admitted to MATC in 1988-89 and 884 students who graduated from MATC, transferred to other institutions, did not return to MATC, or withdrew voluntarily from MATC during 1988-89. Study findings included the following: (1) there were no major educational or demographic differences between the entering students or the leaving students; (2) the reasons given by students for withdrawing in the middle of the semester were largely personal, such as personal or family illness, and changes in education plans; (3) the most important reason for leaving cited by nonreturning students was financial, though personal problems were also important to this group; (4) although students who left the college indicated that they were satisfied with student services, a majority did not use these services; and (5) there were large differences in the proportion of withdrawing and nonreturning students by ethnic group, with fewer minorities persisting than whites. Appendixes provide the MATC student progress flowchart, a synthetic causal model of student attrition, SAL database categories, student surveys, and an ASSET educational planning form. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Area Technical Coll., WI. Dept. of Research, Planning, and Development.