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ERIC Number: ED547863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 229
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2675-1451-6
Why Have Half the Doctoral Students Gone? Factors Contributing to Nonpersistence
Robinson, Indiana E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University
The problem was that a private college of education had been experiencing a trend of lower registrations from its current roster of students. The purpose of this study was to identify factors that contributed to students' nonpersistence and develop a retention plan. The 7 research questions attempted to determine what demographic, preentry academic, and geographic factors contributed to students' nonpersistence and how students felt about their academic, social, and institutional integration. The study also aimed to ascertain if the students' motivational, psychological, professional, and personal experiences affected their desire to persist at the college of education. An analysis on the data revealed that the demographic, preentry academic, and geographical factors did not predict nonpersistence and that students' feelings were mixed on their academic, social, and institutional integration at the school. Further, the students indicated that, of their affective experiences while in school, motivational and psychological factors related to their ability to persist but that their decision to persist or not was not impacted by their professional and personal experiences. An analysis of the instrument's reliability scales were also assessed and showed that the results were consistent with most of the Institutional Integrated Scale with the exception of the institutional integration scale. Additionally, the rating for the 2 affective experiences scale showed a favorable rating for professional and personal experiences but not for motivational and psychological scale. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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