The Role of personal and organizational factors on student attrition from graduate education: "do or die?"

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2018
Ertem, Hasan Yücel
Holding a graduate degree is a significant achievement as it provides students who have it with opportunity to become faculty member, to get professional development, and to gain professional seniority. Despite this appeal, not all who start a graduate degree program persist or complete the program. The current study aims to develop and test a model in order to determine the role of personal and organizational factors on student attrition from graduate education and to investigate graduate student attrition from the lenses of non-persistent students, persistent students, graduate school administrators, and advisors. The design of the study was mixed-model research. Quantitative part was a correlational study while qualitative part was based on phenomenology and document analysis. The population included graduate students in research universities. Three-staged clustered random sampling was used for quantitative part. Purposeful sampling was preferred for the qualitative part of the study. Quantitative data which were collected via scales were analyzed with Structural Equation Modelling, Logistic Regression and Hierarchical Regression Analysis. Qualitative data which were collected through interviews and documents were analyzed with content and descriptive analysis. The results of the study showed that persistence of the students was predicted by economic support, program level and gender. In addition, the structural equation model indicated that personal factors predicted graduate students’ intentions to leave school while hierarchical regression analysis showed mediation effect of institutional and goal commitment on these relationships. Phenomenological part of the study pointed out that personal factors were more dominant on student attrition than organizational factors.

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H. Y. Ertem, “The Role of personal and organizational factors on student attrition from graduate education: “do or die?”,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2018.