ERIC Number: ED385312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
The Importance of Work and Other Factors to Attrition: A Comparison of Significancy and Odds Ratios for Different Outcomes.
In order to gather data on the causes of student attrition, a study was conducted at a Florida community college to identify the relative importance of a set of selected environmental factors and student characteristics. A cohort was developed from the fall 1990 first-time-in-college students and was tracked for 2 years using the college's standard student level record system and the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program, a state-level follow-up system. Study results included the following: (1) fall 1990 grade point average (GPA) and the student's mathematics placement score were the most consistently significant variables throughout the study; (2) students working full-time were between 2 and 3 times more likely to drop out than students not working full-time; (3) students taking college preparatory courses were about twice as likely to drop out as those not taking college preparatory courses; (4) beginning college with a regular high school diploma was very important the first year, while the ability to attend full-time was important the second year; (5) students most likely to remain enrolled either at the community college or in higher education were young, were employed part-time, were attending college full-time, and had a high school diploma and good GPA; and (6) students least likely to return were older students, were working full-time, were attending college part-time, and had taken college preparatory courses the first semester. Contains eight references. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association for Community College Research (24th, Asheville, NC, August 6-9, 1995).