ERIC Number: ED364290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Students Who Stopped Out--1990. Volume XXII, No. 1.
Meltesen, C.; Lucas, J.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) of 400 students who had attended WRHC in fall 1990 but failed to enroll in the subsequent term. The sample was divided into two groups: students who had completed fewer than 16 credit hours and those who had completed more than 16 but less than 48 credit hours. All of the stopouts were surveyed regarding their employment status, educational achievement, reasons for leaving WRHC, and evaluation of various aspects of their experience at the college. Results of the study, based on responses from 70.5% from the first group and 71.0% from the second, included the following: (1) 83% of students who left with less than 16 credit hours had attended WRHC for general interest or refresher courses, while more than half of those who had 16-48 credit hours had enrolled for transfer purposes or to enter a career program; (2) students with more coursework rated the courses almost twice as beneficial as did those students with less coursework; (3) roughly 10% of the stopouts were currently full-time students and another 15% were attending school part-time, while both groups reported receiving higher grades than those received at WRHC; (4) about 80% of courses taken by the stopouts with more than 16 credit hours transferred to their current institutions, while only one-half of the courses taken by those with less than 16 hours transferred; and (5) nearly three-fourths of the stopouts with fewer than 16 credit hours worked over 30 hours per week while attending WRHC. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Characteristics, Dropouts, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Influences, Followup Studies, Participant Satisfaction, Reentry Students, Stopouts, Student Mobility, Trend Analysis, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.