ERIC Number: ED328296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Students Who Withdrew from Courses, Summer 1986-Spring 1988. Volume XVIII, No. 2.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to develop a profile of students who withdrew from courses between summer 1986 and spring 1988 and to compare this profile with the results of a 1982-1986 withdrawal study. For the past 4 years, each degree credit student who has officially withdrawn from a course has been asked to complete a survey form, indicating withdrawal status (i.e., withdrawing from one course only, from more than one course, or withdrawing from WRHC completely), whether a counselor had been consulted, the principal reason for withdrawal, the method of registration, and general comments. Between 1986 and 1988, 13.5% of the 153,000 course enrollments resulted in official withdrawals, representing a 0.5% decrease in withdrawals when compared to the study completed in 1986. An analysis of these withdrawals indicated the following: (1) one out of every five course withdrawals resulted in complete withdrawal from WRHC, though almost 75% of the students who withdrew completely planned to return to WRHC; (2) 30% of those withdrawing gave reasons completely beyond WRHC's control, and only 7% indicated WRHC as the primary cause for withdrawal; (3) the major reasons cited for withdrawals included personal, family or health problems, job pressures, inconvenient meeting times, too far behind/poor grades, and too heavy a course load; (4) withdrawals due to poor grades or falling behind in the course increased from 12% in 1986 to 16% in 1988; (5) summer semester students were less likely to withdraw when compared to students from the fall and spring semesters; and (6) 45% of the students withdrawing indicated that they never consulted a counselor. The bulk of the report is comprised of data tables. The survey instrument is appended. (GFW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.