Abstract: Research has demonstrated that a significant proportion of community college students will not persist to degree completion. Online students may be particularly at-risk. Self-efficacy, perceived value of the curriculum, and certain demographic variables have been identified as important in both retention and persistence. We will measure these variables four times during a semester in a series of online college classes. A survival analysis will be conducted to identify at what point students are most likely to drop out of the course and how the variables of interest influence whether the students persist or at what point in the semester they withdraw. In doing so, we hope to identify critical periods where students are more likely to withdraw in order to understand the complexity of retention and persistence for community college students.
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