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ERIC Number: ED422832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May-18
Pages: 23
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Predictive Factors for Students' Success at a Mid-Sized Rural Community College. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Lajubutu, Oyebanjo A.; Yang, Faxian
The goals of this study of student outcomes were to find ways to better manage enrollments, husband teaching and administrative resources, reduce attrition, and better understand the needs and expectations of students. The study examined data for 2,262 first-time, associate degree-seeking students entering a mid-sized rural college in the mid-Atlantic region during the fall semesters of 1991-93. After eight semesters, students were classified as: (1) achievers: students earning a degree and transferring to a four-year college, students earning a degree, students transferring to a four-year college without earning a degree, students who had not graduated but had earned at least 30 credits; (2) persisters: students still currently enrolled; and (3) nonachievers: students leaving college without graduating or transferring or earning at least 30 credits. Data was analyzed for overall student outcomes and for ethnicity, college preparation, lag time between high school graduation and college entry; age; and curriculum choice. Logistic regression of the data found that 34 percent of students were achievers; that is, those graduating, transferring, or attaining sophomore status in good standing; 24 percent were persisters. One of the most striking findings was that students who changed curriculum were more likely to be successful. Thirteen data tables supplement the text. (Contains 8 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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