Degree Name

MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies)

Program

Liberal Studies

Date of Award

12-2005

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Terrence A. Tollefson

Committee Members

Richard E. Osborn, Marie Tedesco

Abstract

The Walters State Community College's Respiratory Care (WSCC RC) Program had a 33% attrition rate during a five-year period from 1999 through 2003. This study analyzed demographic, pre-admission, and academic variables to identify reasons for attrition within the WSCC RC program. The population size was 90 students; this was the entire population of five consecutive classes graduating during a five-year period from 1999 through 2003. The criterion variables included high school attended, gender, age, college-level GPA, college-level credit hours, and developmental requirements.

Statistical tests revealed that college-level GPA, college-level credit hours, and developmental requirements influenced persistence within the population. The chi-square test of significance was conducted to compare the attrition rate of the students. There was a significant difference in persistence for GPA, X2(1) = 9.844, p = .002; college credit hours, X2(2) = 14.943, p = .001; and developmental students, X2(1) = 4.582, p= .032.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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