Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Emmett Burkeen, Eugene Harryman, Stephen Schnacke

Degree Program

Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

Degree Type

Education Specialist


The specific focus of this study was to examine the differences between the home environment, college environment, and the personal-emotional and academic characteristics of the dropout and persistent students at Western Kentucky University.

Within the design of this study three separate clusters of factors were examined. These factors were as follows:

  1. The home environment as expressed by family size, income, parental pressures, size of community and high school graduating class I-as an influence on persistency.

  2. The college environment as expressed by the student's relationship with other students, his advisor, faculty members, and the personnel services has an influence on persistency.

  3. The individual's emotional, personality, and academic characteristics as expressed by his feelings of happiness-unhappiness, encouraged -discouraged, healthy-unhealthy, good study habits-poor study habits, self-confidence -lacking self-confidence, adequate ability-inadequate ability, etc., have an influence on persistency.


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