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ERIC Number: ED445634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 27
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Linking Student Retention Model with Institutional Planning: The Benefits and Limitations of a Student Matrix Model.
Schartman, Laura; Rhee, Byung-Shik
This study explored the possibility of linking the Luna (1999) student flow matrix model with institutional planning at a comprehensive state institution, investigating how student flow environments were associated with student characteristics such as race, gender, citizenship, class level, entry type, and cumulative grade point average. The study was based on data from 170,160 student records for the period 1986-98. Each student's identification number, degree status, and school/college from each fall semester was matched with the same information from the following fall semester to determine whether the student had stayed within the same school, transferred to another school within the university, graduated, or withdrew from the university. Retention rates were compared for various student characteristics. Data analysis indicated that the matrix model, in combination with retention and withdrawal rates underlying it, helped identify and describe retention and withdrawal patterns within the institution. The model showed how student retention and withdrawal patterns were or were not associated with student characteristics. Breaking the data out by subgroups helped focus attention on the interaction between university characteristics and environments. Gender did not relate to retention overall. All background characteristics significantly associated with type of retention except gender and citizenship. (Contains 33 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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