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Factors Associated with One-Year Retention in a Community College

Mary Jane Feldman
Research in Higher Education
Vol. 34, No. 4 (Aug., 1993), pp. 503-512
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40196075
Page Count: 10
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Factors Associated with One-Year Retention in a Community College
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Abstract

This study sought to evaluate preenrollment variables as predictors of one-year retention of first-time students in a community college. The purpose was to use information that is typically available when a student begins his or her college program and determine if this information can help identify students who are more likely to drop out within their first year. Based on a logistic regression model to select predictors of retention, the lower the high school GPA, the greater the chance the student will drop out. Over and above this, additional risk is associated with the age range 20-24, attending part-time, and being an ethnic minority other than Asian. When all or some of these are operating, it may be necessary to enhance these students' chances with special programs or services.

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