Research in Higher Education

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 241–253 | Cite as

The influence of student problems on student withdrawal decisions: An autopsy on “autopsy” studies

  • John M. Braxton
  • Ellen M. Brier
  • Donald Hossler


The influence of student problems, which are often cited by students as reasons for withdrawal, is compared with the influence of constructs derived from Tinto's student attrition model. The findings suggest that data from post-hoc attrition studies should be used cautiously.


Education Research Student Problem Student Attrition Attrition Study Withdrawal Decision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. Braxton
    • 1
  • Ellen M. Brier
    • 2
  • Donald Hossler
    • 3
  1. 1.Higher/Postsecondary Education ProgramSyracuse UniversitySyracuse
  2. 2.SUNY Health Sciences CenterUSA
  3. 3.Donald HosslerIndiana UniversityUSA

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