ERIC Number: EJ806244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Persistence and Attrition: What Is Being Measured?
Park, C. L.; Boman, J.; Care, W. Dean; Edwards, M.; Perry, B.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v10 n2 p223-233 2008-2009
The purpose of this article is to discuss four assumptions commonly held in relation to persistence and or attrition rates at institutions of post secondary education: that persistence is positive, that persistence is an indicator of a program's ability to satisfy student need, that persistence is lower in distance education programs and that comparisons of persistence rates have meaning. The assumptions are explored in relation to the literature and to the data generated by the first complete cohort of graduate students in the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies at Athabasca University. We further propose formulae to address both persistence and attrition in online educational programs and present the variations in rates that can be produced. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Student Needs, Graduate Students, Distance Education, Academic Persistence, Student Attrition, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Nursing Education, Health Education, Statistical Analysis, Online Courses, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada