ERIC Number: ED443471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Non-Returner Survey, Fall 1998.
Truckee Meadows Community Coll., Sparks, NV.
This report presents the findings of a non-returner survey, which was developed to elicit information from students who enrolled at Nevada's Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) as first-time college students but did not return the following semester. The intent of this research was to determine what type of students do not persist, what factors have an influence on student persistence, and what TMCC can do to increase student persistence. The first-time college student cohort from fall 1997 was comprised of 1692 students, 917 of whom did not return for the spring 1998 semester, producing a 54% attrition rate. Only 2% of the 87 respondents stated that coursework was too difficult, while less than 3% expressed that the number of course requirements were a major problem. Sixty-eight percent was satisfied with the quality of instruction and their overall experience at TMCC (71%). Common reasons cited for not returning were the completion of desired coursework (31%), financial difficulties (20%), and work schedule conflicts (8%). Sixty-nine percent of the respondents worked 20 hours or more while they were attending TMCC. Eighteen percent cited "transfer to a four-year school" as their educational goal, while 20% wanted a degree from TMCC. Forty-seven percent felt that they had obtained their educational goal. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Truckee Meadows Community Coll., Sparks, NV.