The purpose of this study was to examine whether GC leavers and persisters had
different issues reported in their advising files. Information from persisters’ files was
compared to a prior analysis of leavers from the GC 2003 NHS cohort. It was found that
persisters and leavers were not significantly different in frequency and categories of
issues reported. Persisters and leavers had similar proportions of issues reported in four
categories: student academic, student non-academic, institutional academic, and
institutional non-academic issues. Among both groups, academic issues were reported
more often than non-academic issues, and student issues were reported more often than
institutional issues. Persisters and leavers were also similar in rank orders of frequency of
individual issues, although compared to leavers, persisters seemed to have a lower
frequency of academic alerts and low motivation issues and a higher frequency of other
Xie, Baozhen; Wambach, Catherine; Franko, Jennifer; Connor, Jennifer.
Are Leavers and Persisters Really Different: A Comparative Study of Issues Reported in GC Advising Files.
University of Minnesota: General College.
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