ERIC Number: ED398978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
SIAST Longitudinal Study.
In 1991, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) initiated a study of factors affecting student persistence, finding that high employment rates in particular sectors were related to higher rates of student attrition. In 1994, a follow-up study was conducted of the career/educational paths of 1,498 respondents from the 1991 study to determine whether students who continued training demonstrated significantly different characteristics, attitudes, and beliefs than those who did not. Major findings, based on 409 responses, included the following: (1) by 1994, 85% of the students had completed their SIAST program, 29% had enrolled in some further training, while only 6% of those continuing had changed their field of study, generally going into computer related fields; (2) the most common reason cited for continuing training was improved job prospects as a result of more education; (3) students who continued their education had expressed higher career goals in the 1991 study than those who did not; (4) program completers had higher academic averages before entering SIAST in 1991 than non-completers; and (5) 27.7% of those who continued had attended university before starting their SIAST program, compared to 22.2% of all first year students. Data tables are included. The survey instrument is appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Inst. of Applied Science and Technology, Saskatoon.