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ERIC Number: ED504365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-8
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Time to Bachelor's Degree Attainment: An Application of Descriptive, Bivariate, and Multiple Regression Techniques. IR Applications, Volume 2, September 8, 2004
Knight, William E.
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1)
This manuscript summarizes an institutional research study carried out at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) concerning factors affecting time to bachelor's degree attainment. Tuition sensitivity and concern about efficient use of institutional resources point to the need for decreasing students' time-to-degree. This study enlarges upon an earlier one; it investigated the effects of state- and institutionally-sponsored policies that were designed to decrease time-to-degree, and also some additional factors such as student participation in learning communities and first year programs. Time-to-degree decreased in four years since the previous study. Participation in a tuition discount program, total student credit hours earned, average credit hour load per semester, and student credit hours transferred were among the strongest predictors of time-to-degree. The study highlights the use of descriptive and bivariate statistical techniques, as well as important considerations in the use of applied multiple regression. (Contains 8 tables, 1 figure, and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research
Identifiers - Location: Ohio