Profiling At-Risk College Students: Basis for Intervention


The retention rate in Mountain Province State Polytechnic College-Tadian Campus within the past five years is low at 66% while the graduation rate is even lower at 47%. Obviously, these are not encouraging figures but before one can suggest solutions to improve this existing condition, one has to determine the factors causing the prevalence of at-risk students or students likely not to pursue or finish their studies. The following problems were answered in this study: What percentage of students currently enrolled in campus are considered to be at-risk? What are the likely factors that put these students at-risk? What actions may be done to provide support to the students in minimizing or preventing the possibility of their dropping out at the same time raising the retention and graduation rate in the campus? Quantitatively, a descriptive survey using questionnaire, interview, and background investigation on all the currently enrolled students was employed. Eighty-nine point eighty-six (89.86) per cent of the total respondents from the said campus consider themselves at-risk and have a great chance of not finishing their studies due learning challenges caused by insufficient pre-college preparation or slow learning capacity, problematic family situation, unsupportive or discouraging faculty and staff, unpleasant or hostile school environment, and off-campus distractions such as vices and other diversions. Qualitatively through in-depth interviews, majority of the informants recognize the need for counselling, restructuring of school policies, tutoring, and community involvement in order for them to survive college.

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Obie Noe B. Madalang, Mountain Province State Polytechnic College, Philippines

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Conference: ACEID2024
Stream: Education & Difference: Gifted Education

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Madalang O. (2024) Profiling At-Risk College Students: Basis for Intervention ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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