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PEDAR: References Short-Term Enrollment in Postsecondary Education: Student Background and Institutional Differences in Reasons for Early Departure, 1996-98
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Bonham, L.A., and Luckie, J.I. (1993). Taking a Break in Schooling: Why Community College Students Stop Out. Community College Journal of Research and Practice 17: 257–270.

Tinto, V. (1993). Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition (2nd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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