ERIC Number: EJ794642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Multinomial Logit Model of College Stopout and Dropout Behavior
Stratton, Leslie S.; O'Toole, Dennis M.; Wetzela, James N.
Economics of Education Review, v27 n3 p319-331 Jun 2008
Studies of college attrition typically assume that all attrition is permanent. We use data from the 1990/94 Beginning Postsecondary Survey to distinguish between long-term dropout and short-term stopout behavior in order to test that assumption. We find significant differences between those who stop out and those who drop out in the first year. Failure to recognize these differences biases the results of standard attrition models and hence may cause policy makers to pursue inappropriate policy initiatives or incorrectly target at-risk populations. Furthermore, the type of financial aid received is found to have a differential impact on stopout versus dropout probabilities.
Descriptors: Stopouts, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Postsecondary Education, College Freshmen, School Surveys, Human Capital, Educational Demand, Student Attrition, Dropout Characteristics, Statistical Surveys, Robustness (Statistics)
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