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ERIC Number: EJ1005448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
So Close, yet So Far Away: Early vs. Late Dropouts
Ma, Yanli; Cragg, Kristina M.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v14 n4 p533-548 2012-2013
While some students drop out early in their academic career, others drop out close to completion. What similarities and differences exist between these early and late dropouts? Using a sample 3,520 first-time, full-time (FTFT) students seeking a bachelor's degree at a state university, this study employs multinomial logistic regression to model factors influencing early dropout, late dropout, and 6-year graduation. Results show that age, gender, ethnicity, and first-year college GPA are significant predictors of early dropout relative to late dropout and that early dropouts and late dropouts differed from graduates in different ways. Additionally, the majority of late dropouts do not matriculate at any college after dropping out based on National Student Clearinghouse records. Campus implications will be discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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