Departure and persistence : exploring student experiences at the master's level
Author(s)Zoltanski, Jennifer Lee
KeywordsPortland State University -- Graduate students
Portland State University. Department of Sociology
College attendance -- Oregon -- Portland
College dropouts -- Oregon -- Portland
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AbstractThis research explores the events and circumstances that lead to persistence and departure within the sociology master's program at Portland State University. It examines how individual and institutional characteristics interact and influence student decisions to dropout or continue in the master's program. It utilizes Vincent Tinto's (1993) theories of persistence and departure and his concepts of social and academic integration as they apply to sociology master's students. The purpose of the research was to describe how students became socially and academically integrated and how integration influenced patterns of persistence of departure. The aim also was to determine whether background variables such as undergraduate GPA, cumulative master's GPA, enrollment status, and career and educational goals influenced student outcomes.