A longitudinal study of Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients at Oregon State University, 1975-1980 Public Deposited

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  • Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine f the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant program at Oregon State University achieved its goal of providing equal access to the benefits of higher education for students who have low financial resources as compared to students not receiving student financial aid. Design: The study had two major segments. The first segment compared 150 Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients with 150 non-financial aid recipients. These two groups were pair-matched to control for predicted freshman year grade point average. The two groups were compared over a five year period with respect to the following variables related to persistence or non-persistence: 1) academic year grade point average, 2) academic year mean completed credit hours, 3) withdrawal rates, 4) suspension rates, 5) return rates for the next fall term, and 6) graduation rates. The second part of the study investigated the possible differences between the various Basic Grant award levels when Basic Grant recipients were compared on the six variables. The six variables were also studied in relation to the various type(s) of financial aid received in addition to the Basic Grant. Conclusions: Based on the results of this study the following conclusions were drawn: 1. There was no significant difference between the number of credit hours earned by Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients and non-financial aid recipients. 2. Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients and non-financial aid recipients did not have significantly different grade point averages. 3. There were no significant differences between Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients and non-financial aid recipients with respect to withdrawal and suspension rates. 4. There was no significant difference in the combined fourth and fifth year graduation rate between Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients and non-financial aid recipients. 5. There were no significant differences in the return rates in the second through fifth years of study between Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients and non-financial aid recipients. The return rate for the sixth year, fall term, 1980, was significantly higher for Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients. 6. There were no significant differences in the persistence of Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients when the various Basic Grant awards were compared. 7. Significant differences were found in the second year return rate and the fourth year graduation rate for Basic Educational Opportunity Grant recipients when the different types of aid packages were compared. Summary: It may be concluded that the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant program has met its goal of providing equal access to the benefits of higher education at Oregon State University. The five year study indicated that students receiving the Basic Grant persisted at a rate at least equal to that of students of the same ability level who did not receive student financial assistance.
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