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ERIC Number: ED561842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 181
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-6127-9
For-Profit versus Nonprofit Colleges: A Predictive Study of Student Retention in Two-Year Community Colleges
Daly, Jon C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Student retention has been a significant issue in higher education for several decades. "Two-year colleges" tend to have lower retention rates than four-year colleges (Seidman, 2005, ). Low retention is a problem in both two-year for-profit and nonprofit colleges. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the predictors of retention rates in community college in the United States based on college type and certain characteristics of the student populations. The characteristics evaluated in this study included the share of students receiving financial aid, the share of financial-aid-packaging types, and the share of nontraditional age adult learners. This was a predictive study using school-level data. A stratified random sample was selected from the population of 1655 community colleges in the United States by selecting 50 for-profit and 50 nonprofit community colleges. Identifying predictive factors of retention in both for-profit and nonprofit colleges may influence how the federal government distributes financial aid funding in the future and influence the colleges in the way they work with nontraditional students. This quantitative study utilized a multiple regression analysis. Multiple regression analysis offered a fuller explanation of the dependent variables since retention is rarely the product of a single cause. [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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