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A Conceptual Model of Nontraditional Undergraduate Student Attrition

John P. Bean and Barbara S. Metzner
Review of Educational Research
Vol. 55, No. 4 (Winter, 1985), pp. 485-540
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1170245
Page Count: 56
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A Conceptual Model of Nontraditional Undergraduate Student Attrition
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Abstract

Older, part-time, and commuter students have composed an increasingly larger portion of college student bodies. The reasons why these students drop out of school are not well understood. The purpose of this paper is to describe the rise in nontraditional enrollments, define the nontraditional undergraduate student, and develop a conceptual model of the attrition process for these students. The chief difference between the attrition process of traditional and nontraditional students is that nontraditional students are more affected by the external environment than by the social integration variables affecting traditional student attrition.

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