ERIC Number: ED431356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Tracking Institutional Leavers: An Application.
DesJardins, Stephen L.; Pontiff, Harry
AIR Professional File, n71 Spr 1999
This study attempted to track students (n=2,077) who entered the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities campus) in 1986 but had not completed a degree at that institution within eight years of matriculation. The study utilized the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office's statewide database which allowed researchers to determine if, when, and where these students had reenrolled within Minnesota's higher education system. Characteristics and patterns of "stayers" and "leavers" were compared. The study found that 60 percent of leavers did so during their first two years; students who left later often had grade point averages below those needed to transfer to preferred upper division units. Although leavers generally had demographic characteristics similar to stayers, leavers were more likely to have had low entrance test scores and high school rank percentiles; early leavers who reenrolled in a state institution were likely to enroll at a community college or vocational/technical institution, but students who left after three or four years overwhelmingly chose four-year institutions. About 63 percent of leavers eventually attained senior status in a four-year institution or attended a vocational/technical college long enough to complete a program. Nine tables present details of the study's findings. Policy implications of the findings and the use of statewide tracking systems are discussed. (Contains 13 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Outcomes Assessment, Databases, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Research Methodology, State Programs, Student Characteristics
Association for Institutional Research, 114 Stone Bldg., Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4462.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research.