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ERIC Number: EJ1115094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0963-9284
Nontraditional Student Withdrawal from Undergraduate Accounting Programmes: A Holistic Perspective
Fortin, Anne; Sauvé, Louise; Viger, Chantal; Landry, France
Accounting Education, v25 n5 p437-478 2016
A collaborative project of several Quebec universities, this study investigates nontraditional student withdrawal from undergraduate accounting programmes. A nontraditional student is older than 24, or is a commuter or a part-time student, or combines some of these characteristics. Univariate and multivariate analyses of student dropout factors were performed. A logistic regression for full-time students indicates several significant determinants of student withdrawal: returning to school after working for some time, enrolment in a non-first choice programme, dissatisfaction with programme choice and courses, and low grade point average (GPA). For part-time students, low GPA is the main explanatory factor for student withdrawal. Other factors appear to be instrumental in withdrawal decisions, such as management of external resources (time and family responsibilities) for women. The results suggest that students would benefit from university support services to acquire learning strategies that improve perseverance. Lastly, in-class learning activities that help bolster grades could decrease student withdrawal rates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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