ERIC Number: ED397839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Computer Confidence: Factors Associated with Retention in the Community College.
Sherry, Annette C.; Sherry, Francis T.
This study investigates pre-enrollment factors, particularly those related to computer confidence, in relation to persistence in the community college. Data on sex, ethnicity, reading level, high school grade point average (GPA), goal for attending college, and self-reported ability to use five computer application programs were gathered from 543 traditional, entering students at a community college in the University of Hawaii system. The data were analyzed in relation to the students' persistence at the beginning of the subsequent semester. Univariate and multivariate statistical analyses were employed to study attrition rates. Results of the logistic regression indicate that ethnicity, goal for attending college, confidence in using spreadsheets for college work, and the interaction between high school GPA and total number of computer skills in which the student is confident are related to persistence in college. While future studies are needed to determine direct causal effects, community college administrators may wish to consider designing pilot programs in computer skills training for the at-risk entering student. (Contains 26 references.) (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Computer Attitudes, Computer Literacy, Dropout Research, Ethnicity, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, Predictor Variables, Reading Achievement, Sex, Spreadsheets, Statistical Analysis, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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