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Characteristics of Extenders [microform] : Full-Time Students Who Take Light Credit Loads and Graduate in More Than Four Years. AIR 1995 Annual Forum Paper / J. Fredericks Volkwein and Wendell G. Lorang
Bib ID 5586705
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Volkwein, J. Fredericks
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1995 
46 p. 
Summary

This study examined reasons that some full-time students take longer than normal to complete a bachelor's degree, and whether students who extend their program are more like those who take only 4 years to graduate or are more like dropouts. One part of the study reviewed 64 transcripts of all traditionally-admissible new freshmen who entered the college in fall 1988 and graduated in five years. Another study component reviewed transcripts of students responding to a 1991 survey, representing three groups: those graduating in four years (n=41), those graduating in more than four years (n=27), and those not graduating (n=25). Regression analysis was also conducted on 227 juniors and seniors who responded to a 1994 outcomes survey. Extender behavior was consistently associated with only two factors: protecting a high grade point average and financial need. Extenders were not negatively affected by taking longer to graduate and were generally satisfied with their experiences. Students who took longer to graduate or who tended to register for fewer than 15 credits were not significantly different from students who graduated in four years on most variables measuring academic, social, and administrative aspects of college. (Contains 37 references.) (SW)

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ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (35th, Boston, MA, May 28-31, 1995).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Bachelors Degrees.  |  College Credits.  |  College Graduates.  |  Higher Education.  |  Institutional Research.  |  Program Length.  |  Scheduling.  |  Student Characteristics.  |  Time.  |  Time to Degree.  |  AIR Forum
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Lorang, Wendell G., author
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