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An investigation of attrition rates for hearing-impaired students attending California State University, Northridge

This study was an investigation of attrition rates for hearing-impaired students attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Attrition rates for subsets of these students (males and females, first-time freshmen and transfer juniors) were examined and compared, as were attrition rates for entering students by choice of major upon entering CSUN. For this study, the review of the literature was also reviewed for the entire topic of attrition, for possible use in future research. For this investigation, an enrollment project model was adapted from the one developed by the Office of Institutional Research at CSUN. All hearing-impaired students who have entered CSUN since Fall 1972, of which there are 248, were included in this study, making eight fall-term cohorts altogether that were examined and compared. While attrition rates for all hearing-impaired students are highest during the first two years, as has been found nationally, the attrition rates for entering freshmen is significantly greater than that for transfer juniors. Also, entering college without a declared major greatly affects a student's decision to drop out, with the attrition rate being significantly greater for students without a declared major than for those with a declared major. It i s recognized however, that the problem of attrition is much more complex, and that there are other aspects that need to be investigated. Further research in the area of attrition for hearing-impaired students is recommended.

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