Determinants of student course withdrawals. Dossugi, Samuel en_US
dc.contributor.department Economics & Finance en_US 2014-06-20T16:09:59Z 2014-06-20T16:09:59Z 1992 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the determinants of a student's decision to withdraw from specific courses in higher education. The study was conducted at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, using data from the Fall and Spring semester of the 1990-1991 academic year of four principles courses from four departments. en_US
dc.description.abstract A simple model of course withdrawal is introduced. It consists of three groups of explanatory variables: student attributes, pre-semester background, and class attribute variables. Interactions among these variables determine the level of satisfaction the student obtains from the course which, in turn, determines the decision to withdraw. The model is tested using the logit technique. For the purpose of comparison, however, ordinary least squares (OLS) and probit results are also presented. The predictive power of the model is measured by count-R{dollar}\sp2{dollar}, and to determine whether the model is replicable, pseudo-R{dollar}\sp2{dollar} is used. en_US
dc.description.abstract Overall, the models fit well for both the Fall 1990 and the Spring 1991 cohorts. But individually, only several variables show significant relationships with course withdrawal. en_US
dc.description.abstract The results of the study indicate that the older the student, the less likely he or she is to withdraw from the currently taken course. This finding, however, contradicts to a previous study by Adams and Becker. It is also found that students who attempt less credits are more likely to withdraw from any given course, which is contrary to what is expected. en_US
dc.description.abstract The number of hours completed prior to the semester tends to be positively correlated with withdrawals. Thus, students with more experience in the sense of having completed more credit hours are more likely to withdraw. In addition, it is also found that students who have tended to persist in the past are less likely to withdraw. Finally, this study reveals that students who like to withdraw from courses tend to have lower grade point averages. en_US D.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh College students en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Economics, General en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Determinants of student course withdrawals. en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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