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ERIC Number: ED342334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 62
Abstractor: N/A
Survey on Retention at Higher Education Institutions. Higher Education Surveys Report, Survey Number 14.
Chaney, Bradford; Farris, Elizabeth
A survey was conducted to evaluate nationally the retention of undergraduates at institutions of higher education. In particular the survey sought to: determine the rates at which full-time students persisted in and completed higher education; identify factors that institutional representatives felt influence students to leave school; and describe institutional practices and policies to improve retention and their perceived effectiveness. The survey was mailed to 541 institutions; it had an 87 percent response rate. The survey findings showed that of full-time freshmen entering school in fall 1988, 70 percent were still enrolled a year later. The reasons most commonly listed by institutional representatives as important in students choosing to leave without completing a degree or award were financial difficulties, accomplishment of objectives, personal reasons, and poor grades. A majority of institutions collected data on retention within the last year indicating a high level of concern with retention in recent years. Selectivity in admission was the most important predictor of retention at higher education institutions. Programs listed as having a great impact on retention were: help with student finances, help with academic problems, and testing and performance assessment. In the past 5 years, 81 percent of institutions had developed programs aimed at increasing retention. Included are nine figures, and appendixes containing detailed tables, technical notes, and the survey questionnaire. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Science Resources Studies.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A