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ERIC Number: ED552268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 212
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-1095-0
Predictors of Persistence for Campus-Based Students at a Freestanding, Accredited Mortuary School
Lease, Barry T.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Student persistence at postsecondary schools has declined to around 50% during the past decade, indicating a problem that a majority of students are not completing their higher educational goals in the United States. An independent mortuary school exemplified this problem with recent persistence trends for campus-based students at 43.8%. The purpose of this quantitative project study was to examine such low persistence rates because, without correction, this problem can affect accreditation and create economic consequences for a 100% tuition-funded institution. Based upon Tinto's work on student persistence in higher education, this study considered the specific predictors for success at a freestanding mortuary science school. Through logistic regression analysis, the relationships between persistence and age, high school GPA, level of education, and NDRT scores were examined using student-transcript data from 2007-2009. The results showed that all 4 variables in this study statistically related to persistence, and the data were used as the bases for a program evaluation to refine the admissions systems at the mortuary school under study. Such refinements were proposed to help predict and improve persistence rates. By improving persistence rates at U.S. mortuary schools, the results of this study have the potential for social change. With a 76% increase in the death rate over the next 20 years coinciding with an expected shortage of funeral directors, the service provided to bereaved families may be compromised due to a lack of trained professionals. The results of this study may help such families by enabling schools to select students more likely to persist, increasing the number and quality of directors needed to provide service to U.S. funeral consumers. [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: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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