ERIC Number: ED413012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Leaver Survey Report, 1996.
To determine factors influencing attrition and retention at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a survey was conducted of the 688 students who were enrolled in spring 1996 but neither graduated nor enrolled in fall 1996. Responses were received from 437 former students and were compared to findings from a similar survey of 482 leavers in 1994. Study findings included the following: (1) overall, the college had a retention rate of 72.5% in 1996, compared to 71.7% in 1994; (2) the retention rate for low-income students, however, was only 69%, while for minority students besides Asian Americans it was 63%; (3) approximately 30% of the leavers in both years had achieved their objectives, while their unemployment and graduation rates were comparable to graduates; (4) for both years, 17% cited personal or family reasons as their primary reason for leaving, 12% transferred, and 10% cited tuition and costs; (5) 1996 respondents rated their overall educational experience at 3 on a 4-point scale, down from 3.21 in a 1990 survey, while instructional quality was rated at 3.24; (6) 49.6% of the 1996 leavers found full-time employment, while only 5% were unemployed; and (7) the number of leavers who transferred was 28.6%, while approximately 38% of these had not originally planned to transfer. Extensive data tables are included. The survey instrument and cover letters are appended. Contains 13 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Coll. of Technology, Williamsport. Office of Strategic Planning and Research.