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A Source of Error in College Attrition Studies

Bruce K. Eckland
Sociology of Education
Vol. 38, No. 1 (Autumn, 1964), pp. 60-72
DOI: 10.2307/2111818
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111818
Page Count: 13
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A Source of Error in College Attrition Studies
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Abstract

Graduation from college is treated here as the crucial dependent variable. We know a great deal about why a student leaves the institution of first registration, but why he leaves and other factors associated with his early separation may have little connection with his later academic career. This study will demonstrate the need for an inter-institutional approach which allows for the delayed graduation of the dropouts who come back and the students who transfer. Such an approach, in this case a ten-year follow-up, obtains results quite different from past studies with respect to the relevance of certain predictors of college graduation.

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