Charles McGrew

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Paul Wozniak, Edward Bohlander, John Faine


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Degree Program

Department of Sociology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This study describes an investigation of a number of background, academic and social variables that might influence first to second-year retention and attrition in a regional university. It contains a literature review of previous attrition and retention research as well as the methodology, findings and conclusions for the analysis of admissions, enrollment and student affairs data from East Tennessee State University. The data includes two years of academic data for a cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who entered the institution in the Fall of 1990. Variables from the first academic year are analyzed as they relate to second-year persistence. The methodology used includes crosstabulations and a logistic regression. Findings support previous literature and identify a combination of academic and social factors that appear to be related to withdrawal decisions. Overwhelming support is found to indicate that traditional-aged students are much more likely to persist than non-traditional-aged students, regardless of academic performance.


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