Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Wayne Ashley, Eugene Harryman, Stanley Brumfield

Degree Program

Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

Degree Type

Education Specialist


Samples of successful freshmen students voluntarily withdrawing from Campbellsville College were studied and compared to determine the reasons for leaving the College. It was anticipated that findings would help to identify some of the problems involved in student withdrawal, thus giving the College some better understanding with which to proceed in an effort to build retention.

Forty academically successful freshmen of the class 1974- 75 were surveyed using a questionnaire and telephone and personal interview. These students were grouped in three divisions: (1) those who entered with plans to transfer, (2) those who entered with indefinite plans, and (3) those who entered with plans to graduate.

Questionnaire responses were placed in nine categories and tabular data was prepared to present basic reasons identified as "very important" and "fairly important" for leaving by division.

The procedures used resulted in obtaining the "real or actual" reasons the students in the study withdrew from the College. Students who enter with plans to transfer are least critical of the college. Those who are undecided about plans to graduate are more critical and students who enter with plans to graduate are most critical.

The "real" reasons why students leave are discussed and recommendations are made by the researcher to suggest retention efforts needed by the College.


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