ERIC Number: ED473067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-4
A Longitudinal Investigation of Dropout from College in the United States. AIR 2002 Forum Paper.
Ishitani, Terry T.; DesJardins, Stephen L.
This study investigated the departure behavior of college students in the United States. Previous attrition studies have typically focused on dropout at specific points in time, such as the first year of enrollment. In this study, the timing of departure was examined over a 5-year period. It was found that factors affecting student attrition had effects that changed over time. For instance, it was found that attrition rates varied depending on the amount and timing of student financial aid. Low-income students are more likely to depart from college, but in the second and third years being from a low-income family is even more detrimental than in the first year. Students whose mothers graduated from college are less likely to leave than other students, and this effect is strongest in year 2. Students who score high in the Scholastic Assessment Test are less likely to depart than lower scoring colleagues. Academic and social integration did not have the effects exhibited in other studies. (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables, and 26 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 2-5, 2002).