ERIC Number: ED441378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
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Including Transfer-Out Behavior in Retention Models: Using the NSLC Enrollment Search Data.
Porter, Stephen R.
Almost all studies of college student retention inappropriately combine stopouts with transfer-outs due to a lack of data. The National Student Loan Clearinghouse (NSLC) has created a new database that tracks students across institutions. These data, in combination with institutional databases, now allow researchers to take into account both stopout and transfer-out behavior. Using NSLC data for the University of Maryland, College Park, this paper analyzes one-year retention with dichotomous and multinominal logit under two specifications: the traditional binary retained/not retained dependent variable and a three-outcome dependent variable where students are coded as retained, transferred to another institution, or stopped out. The study concludes that failure to consider transfer-out behavior when modeling retention will result in biased estimates and incorrect conclusions about what affects student behavior. (Contains 35 references.) (Author/SM)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Students, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, School Holding Power, Stopouts, Student Attrition, Student Behavior, Students, Transfer Rates (College)
For full text: http://parsons.umaryland.edu/~porter/papers/NEAIR99.PDF.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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