The impact of the student support services program on the retention of nontraditional students in rural Mississippi community colleges
This study investigates the impact of the Students Support Services (SSS) program on the retention of nontraditional students in rural Mississippi community colleges. Participants in this study were one-hundred-thirty-nine (139) students, SSS and noon-SSS who entered these community colleges in the fall of 2000. It compares the demographic profile.
The Bean and Metzner's (1985) Student Retention Model was used as the conceptual framework for this study. The primary purposes of this study were fourfold. First, the researcher wanted to assess whether SSS and non-SSS non-traditional students shared similar demographic/background attributes. In addition, she wanted to determine whether SSS and non-SSS participants differed significantly in terms of how they scored on the major components associated with Bean and Metzner's Student Attrition Model. Next, she wanted to explore whether the retention rates of SSS and non-SSS were correlated with any of the subscales associated with the Student Attrition Model developed by Bean and Metzner. Finally, she wanted to compare the retention rates of the study population and determine whether such rates were linked, in any appreciable way, to their enrollment in the SSS program (while controlling for their demographic/background attributes).
The Bean and Metzner's Student Retention Survey was used to collect data for this study. Specific variables measured were selected from the survey.
Chi-square tests of independence were used to analyze the data. Significant differences were found to exist between SSS and non-SSS participant son measures of admission status, college attendance, financial assistance, course of study, grade point averages, marital status, race, ethnicity and retention. Significant differences were observed between SSS and non-SSS participants on measures of school activities and campus involvement.
0516: Continuing education
0275: Community colleges