ACT Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey - 2008

Executive Summary:

Tamar Baiashvili
Carmen Williams
Sue Erickson
Office of Institutional Research
March 2009

The purpose of this study is to assess why students leave the university before completing graduation. During the early fall semester of 2008, the Office of Institutional Research surveyed the students who were enrolled for fall semester 2007 but did not return for spring semester 2008 or fall semester 2008. The 2008 ACT Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey (short form) was mailed to 500 students. Overall, 40 students responded to the survey for a net response rate of 8.5% (out of 471 deliverable surveys). This survey that was administered consisted of demographic and background questions along with a total of 48 reasons why students did not continue at UND.

Background Information (percentage of respondents shown in parenthesis)
     •  Female composed the larger percentage of respondents (64%).
     •  Almost all respondents ranged from 19 years to 25 years of age (90%).
     •  Half of the respondents were freshmen and sophomores (46%).
     •  The majority of the respondents were Caucasian (92%).
     •  Most of the respondents were unmarried (85%).
     •  All respondents were enrolled full-time before leaving UND (100%).
     •  The major reason for attending UND was to obtain a bachelor's degree (77%).
     •  One out of three respondents lived on campus while attending UND (36%).
     •  Three-fourths of the respondents paid in-state tuition while attending UND (74%).
     •  Two-thirds of the respondents declared North Dakota as their state of residence (67%).
     •  More than half of the respondents planned to enroll in college for the coming year (54%).
     •  Two-thirds of the respondents did not plan to re-enroll at UND (67%).

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