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ERIC Number: EJ773530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Stop-out or Drop-out? An Examination of College Withdrawals and Re-Enrollments
Woosley, Sherry
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v5 n3 p293-303 2003-2004
The withdrawal policies of many universities are based on the supposition that being able to withdraw without grade point repercussions will encourage students to return to the institution at a later date. This study focused on withdrawing students and examined the differences between those who re-enroll after a withdrawal and those who do not. About one-third of withdrawing students did re-enroll. Although intentions to return were related to re-enrollment behaviors, respondents were not always accurate in their predictions. Numerous differences were also found between those who did re-enroll and those who did not, including educational goals, work commitments, adjustment issues, health-related problems, and participation levels. The results suggest that the distinction between drop-outs and stop-outs may further our understanding of student retention issues. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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