Factors That Contribute And Influence Retention

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Factors that Contribute and Influence Retention of First-Year and Transfer Students in Higher Education
Lianne Hansen
Springfield College

Factors that Contribute and Influence Retention of First-Year and Transfer Students in Higher Education
Nowadays, institutions of higher education are becoming more concerned about attrition and retention rates. While receiving a post-secondary education is becoming more popular, remaining at the same institution throughout the completion of the degree is becoming less popular. According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (2005), 32% of first-year students who were enrolled full-time in the fall of 1999 did not return to the same institution the following fall. However, of the 32% of students who did not return to their previous institution, 40% of them enrolled at a different institution the following fall. This means that 13% of first-year students enrolled full-time end up dropping out of higher education as a whole. Many studies have been done to determine the many factors that influence whether or not a student will remain at the institution of their choice, whether they will transfer to another institution or just withdraw from college all together. While each individual’s choice depends on a number of different factors that are specific to his/her situation, researchers have been able to conclude which factors contribute more significantly to an individual leaving a college and…
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