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PEDAR: Executive Summary Short-Term Enrollment in Postsecondary Education: Student Background and Institutional Differences in Reasons for Early Departure, 1996-98
Introduction
What Proportion of Students Left College Without a Credential and Did Not Return in the First 3 Years?
What Factors Were Associated With Early Departure From Postsecondary Education by Institution Type?
What Factors Were Associated With Early Departure From Postsecondary Education by Institution Type? Students' Educational Expectations
What Factors Were Associated With Early Departure From Postsecondary Education by Institution Type? Other Characteristics
What Reasons Did These Short-Term Enrollees Give for Their Departure?
What Other Characteristics of Short-Term Enrollees Were Associated With Their Reasons for Departure?
Were Differences in Reasons for Departure by Institution Type Found After Controlling for Other Characteristics?
Other Results
Research Methodology
References
Full Report (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
What Proportion of Students Left College Without a Credential and Did Not Return in the First 3 Years?

While almost one-third (32 percent) of beginning postsecondary students left without a credential within 3 academic years, students who began at 4-year institutions were less likely than those who began at 2-year institutions to do so (17-19 percent versus 35-44 percent).

The percentage of 1995-96 beginning postsecondary students who left without a credential and did not return by spring 1998 was greatest in the first year of enrollment and smallest in the third year of enrollment. Among students who began at public 4-year institutions, fewer left in the third year than in the first or second year of enrollment, but no differences were detected between departure rates in the first 2 years. No differences were detected by year in the percentages of students beginning at private not-for-profit 4-year institutions who left. The percentage of public 2-year college students who left school within the first year was larger than that from any other type of institution.


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