ERIC Number: ED388326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan-1
Reference Count: N/A
Survey Results of Fall 1993 Students Who Registered but Did Not Attend.
Kent State Univ., Warren, OH. Office of Institutional Research.
To identify reasons why some students who register do not attend, the Trumbull Campus of Ohio's Kent State University conducted a telephone survey of 131 students who registered for fall 1993 but did not take classes. Students were asked to choose from the following general reasons for not attending: no financial aid, cost of tuition, other financial reason, change in career plans, incompatible work schedule, family responsibilities, illness, unidentified personal reasons, no reason given, and refused. Respondents were also invited to make more specific comments on their motivations. An analysis of surveys indicated that 44 percent of the respondents cited a financial reason for not attending, 23 a change in career plans, 12 incompatible work schedules, and 13 illness. Further, it became apparent from differences between forced choice categories and the open-ended responses that the defined categories did not adequately describe influences. Additional reasons students gave for not attending included transfer to another institution, cited by 10 respondents, and problems with financial aid forms and processes, cited by 25. Responses also indicated that multiple influences affected student decision-making. Suggestions from the information collected include aggressive financial aid education for faculty and staff to assist students more effectively and creating a financial aid tracking system that would generate reminders of important dates and requirements for mailing. Student comments are included. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., Warren, OH. Office of Institutional Research.