The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 13, 1974, Page page 7, Image 7

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Dropouts:
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Weariness. Trying hard for
about the same academit results of
other students without quite hav
ing the same ability may be the
primary reasons UNL students stop
out or drop out of school, said
Harry Allen, director of the UNL
Office of Institution?.! Research and
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A stop out is a student who
leaves school for a period of time
but pi ins to return.
Allen based his remark on a
survey sent to 1,724 UNL; students
who did not graduate but did not
attend the fall semester! of 1973
after attending the previous sem
ester. About 735 students1 respond
ed. ' ' ; '
The findings indicate the leading
reason those student3 le,ft school
was because they werei tired of
school. Of those listing itheir top
three reasons for leaving school,
109 persons indicated they were
"just tired of school." i
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Allen said by comparing other
results of the survey there is a
strong indication many j students
quit because they decided they
were having to work too hard to
maintain their academic standing.
For instance, nonreturning
students had an accumulative
grade point average of 2.699
compared to 2.804 for students who
returned the fail of 1973. The
average Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT) score of nonreturning
students was 390 in verbal and 430
in math. This compares to return
ing students' average score of 420
in verbal and 479 in math.
Nonreturning students, al
though having SAT scores 30 points
lower in verbal and 49 lower in
math, managed to maintain a grade
point average only slightly less
than .10 on a 4.0 scale than that of
returning students.
SAT tests are the tests required
for admission to many colleges
including UNL. SAT results of the
survey may not be completely
accurate because only a third of the
scores of both returning and non
returning students are available.
Students also listed among their
top three reasons for quitting
school the following:
Not enough
dents.
money - 102 stu-
Didn't see what they were
getting out of school - 82 students.
Instruction not what they expect
ed -80 students.
Could not get courses they
wanted -69 students.
The survey seemed to dispell
beliefs that many students feel
UNL is too large or classes too
impersonal. Only .6, or about 5
persons, said their main reason for
leaving was because of UNL's size.'
Only 1, or about 7 students
indicated their main reason was
because they could not talk to
professors. :
';- More than half of the group of
nonreturning students were of
sophomore standing or higher. The
single1 largest group (33.2 ) had
from 30 to 59 hours of credit.
Another group (21,6) had from
60 to 89 hours of credit. The report
Indicated that many of these
students might have transfered to
professional schools such as the
University Medical Center in
Omaha.
About 430 persons, or 53.7 of
the nonreturning students respond
ing, were female although the
percentage of women in the total
undergraduate population in the
spring of 1973 was 41.7.
Although they left, , many stu
dents Indicated positive responses
about their experiences at UNL.
Asked, to agree, disagree or indi- .
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them, 82.7, or about 608 stu
dents agreed that they enjoyed
many things about UNL. Only
5.7, or about 42 persons disagre
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And only 5.2 said they were
really sorry they left, ,
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