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ERIC Number: ED561564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 236
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-2437-3
Factors Affecting Change in Major and College Persistence for Traditional and Nontraditional Community College Students
Taylor, Shuntay
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Alliant International University
Community colleges enroll a substantial proportion of both traditional and nontraditional students pursuing various academic goals. Consequently, these types of students have different characteristics that influence their success in community colleges. The purpose of this study was to analyze the contributing factors in traditional and nontraditional college students that predict a student's ability to be successful in college and that ultimately lead to enrollment decisions, course completion, and graduation. This study relied on data obtained from a community college student survey that focused on persistence in their chosen majors. The researcher adopted a modified version of the Noel Levitz College Student Inventory and the Satisfaction Inventory as an instrument for collecting data from a 2012 College Student Inventory (CSI) on various aspects, such as satisfaction and importance attached to expectations met by their institution, which were crucial in this study. To answer the first two research questions, two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) procedures were conducted. For the first research question, the first between-subjects variable was ethnicity and the second between-subjects variable was type of student. For the second research question, the first between-subjects variable was gender and the second between-subjects variable was type of student. To answer the other five research questions (i.e., questions three through seven), stepwise linear regression procedures were conducted. All variables of interest were entered into the equation; the regression program automatically selected the variables that significantly predicted the number of times students changed their majors. In achieving this objective, the study used a sample of collected data from 261 community college students from Fresno City College and West Hills College Lemoore campuses in 2012. This study examined the retention theories of Vincent Tinto, Ernest Pascarella, John Bean and Alexander Astin as a framework for conducting the research and findings in this study. The findings of this investigation are of significance to educators, students, and community college institutions. [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; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California