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ERIC Number: ED325179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-10
Pages: 23
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Discriminant Characteristics of Non-attendees at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Ross, Robert O.
In 1990, a study was conducted at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TCCC) to determine if there was a significant difference in the personal characteristics of applicants for full-time study who actually attended and those who did not attend the college. In addition, the study sought to identify those variables that accounted for the largest variance between the two populations. The study population included 557 students who applied to, were accepted at, and paid a deposit to attend TCCC as full-time students in fall 1988. Of these students, 507 were attendees and 50 were non-attendees (students who were not registered for any classes during the first 3 weeks of the semester and were not included in the college's official census). The independent variables examined were age, sex, date of deposit (refund date), prior college experience, distance from campus (commuter status), high school decile rank, high school graduation status, and intended major at college. A stepwise multiple regression, used to rank the variables in terms of their predictability for non-attendance, placed commuter status first, followed by graduation status, high school decile rank, and refund date. In spite of the ranking, however, none of the correlations were statistically significant for any variable. Collectively, the first four variables accounted for only 4.54% of the variance between the groups of attendees and non-attendees. The study includes a literature review and recommendations for future research. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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