ERIC Number: EJ746587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 16
The Mystery of Stop-Outs: Do Commitment and Intentions Predict Reenrollment?
Woosley, Sherry; Slabaugh, Katie; Sadler, Aimee E.; Mason, Gary W.
NASPA Journal, v42 n2 p188-201 Win 2005
Research on student withdrawals has largely ignored the issue of stop-outs, those students who withdraw from a college or university but subsequently reenroll. As a result, student withdrawals have been seen as an attrition issue. However, this study suggests they should be viewed as a retention possibility rather than an attrition issue. This study, done at a Midwest public university, sought to broaden the scope of previous research by examining the extent to which withdrawing students return to the institution and the extent to which goals, commitments, and experience predict reenrollment. Several important findings resulted from this research. First, many withdrawing students did return to the institution. Second, goals and commitments were significant predictors of reenrollment. Third, intention to return was a significant predictor of reenrollment. Fourth, a student's previous experience at the institution, rather than previous academic success, was a significant predictor of both reenrollment intentions and reenrollment. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Withdrawal (Education), Stopouts, Higher Education, Student Attrition, Undergraduate Students, Likert Scales, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power, Student Surveys, Prediction, Intention, Enrollment, Multiple Regression Analysis, Goal Orientation, Student Experience, Public Colleges, Reentry Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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