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ERIC Number: ED527775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 165
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-6089-2
An Exploratory Study of First-Semester Student Attrition in a Community College
Scott, Ophelia Turner
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Louisville
The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine if student background variables (age, gender, race, academic preparation); student status (part/full-time student), and student circumstances (commuting distance, independent/dependent financial student status) could predict fall-to-spring attrition (2006-2007) in a sample of 542 first-time, first-semester students at a community college in Southern Indiana. This study also included the results from an exit survey administered in the spring semester by the college. The sample consisted of 403 students who persisted to the next semester, and 121 students who did not persist to the next semester. Demographic variables, COMPASS math and reading scores, independent/ dependent student status, full-time/part-time student status, and driving distances were collected from the sample population. Descriptive statistics were used to identify differences between persisters and non-persisters. Hierarchical logistic regression was used to determine which study variables best predicted second semester student attrition. The exit survey analysis was used to provide anecdotal snapshots of student attrition. The students who persisted to the second semester were slightly older and had a higher percentage of males. The students who did not persist to the second semester had higher percentages of females and higher percentages of minority students and students with entrance scores requiring remedial classes before taking program-specific classes. Results of the hierarchical logistic regression indicated the COMPASS reading score variable and the full-and part-time student status variable were statistically significant predictors of attrition. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana