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ERIC Number: ED473676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-14
Pages: 23
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Community College Student Retention: Student Characteristics and Withdrawal Reasons.
Zhai, Lijuan; Monzon, Rey
This study examined the profile of community college dropouts, in an attempt to identify how this cohort differs from university-level dropouts and to identify reasons for community college students' withdrawal from school. The authors argue that the profile of a typical community college student--a person who has a full- or part-time job, lives off-campus, and is taking classes on a part-time basis--makes retention a particular challenge for the community college student. The population of this study was defined as those who dropped out of one of 3 community colleges in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) (California) during fall 2000 semester, and those who did not return for the following spring 2001 semester. Three types of students were defined based on withdrawing time frames: (1) students who filed an application for the fall 2000 semester, but did not enroll in any classes (n=5,459); (2) students who withdrew from all classes during the fall 2000 semester (n=7,481); and (3) students who did not persist in the following spring 2001 semester (n=10,968). Information was collected from student records and a survey questionnaire was sent to random samples of students to assess their reasons for leaving. Reasons for leaving included class and work schedule conflicts, financial difficulties, lack of financial aid, and lack of parking in urban areas. (Contains 9 tables and 16 references.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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