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ERIC Number: ED433779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May-31
Pages: 27
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Students Who Left College: An Examination of Their Characteristics and Reasons for Leaving. AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Li, Guihua; Killian, Tim
Patterns of attrition at a midwestern research university were examined through telephone interviews of 622 students who had left the institution prematurely and through analysis of institutional data to compare school leavers with those who stayed. This comparison found that school leavers were more likely to have lower college admission test scores, be Hispanic (but less likely to be African American), and more likely to have an educational loan. Reasons given by students for leaving the university were diverse, and included (in order of frequency mentioned): family or personal problems, financial difficulties, felt faculty didn't care about students, unable to get needed academic advice, believed that program in preferred academic area was poor, and felt that classes were poorly taught. Results suggest that student/institutional mismatch is a major reason for students leaving. The following recommendations are offered: (1) establish an early alert system; (2) fully utilize the campus learning center; (3) enhance financial resources and strengthen financial advising; and (4) strengthen professional and peer advising efforts. Five tables detail the study's findings. (Contains 16 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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