ERIC Number: ED398977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Affecting Retention of First-Year Certificate and Diploma Students. SIAST Retention Study.
In fall 1991, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), conducted a study to determine factors affecting retention and to identify students facing higher risk of non-completion. Specifically, the study sought to determine the effects of selected student characteristics and attitudes, as well as labor market conditions, on student persistence. Data were collected in two stages. First, surveys were distributed to all 2,822 first-year certificate/diploma students in October 1991, responses were received from 1,557 (55%). In the second stage, follow-up questionnaires were sent in June 1991 to the original respondents, and responses were received from 720 students, of whom, 105 identified themselves as non-completers after their first year. Study findings included the following: (1) compared to completers, non-completers were more likely to be disabled, of aboriginal ancestry, married, females with dependent children, employed, and older; (2) non-completers were less certain about career goals than completers, expressed less goal commitment, and set lower final goals; (3) for all students, high employment rates in particular sectors were related to higher rates of student attrition; (4) 40% of all respondents were 20 years of age or younger, 53.7% were female, and 4.9% identified themselves as disabled; and (5) 93.7% of all students indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their experience at SIAST. Contains 62 references. The survey instruments are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Inst. of Applied Science and Technology, Saskatoon.