- The Midpoint survey at 6 months and the Followup survey at 13 months do
not provide the same logical partition as this attended" information. This
is because there is room for overlap in time attended in both 6 and 13 month
surveys. Specifically, there are Leavers who attended the program for 7-13+
months and Leavers in the 6 month period who were only located at the
Follow-up. The former is probably due to the span of the interviewing process
(a month) and the variable program start dates and lengths.
- Time stayed is the focus of Chapter 3 and reference is also made to this
item in other chapters.
Completers/non-completers: Again, this information was asked of
students at either the 6 month time-point or at the 13 month Follow-up. For the
purposes of this analysis the response to the question was regrouped to read
"Did you complete some or all of your courses - yes or no?"
- The completion question at 6 months for the Leavers' had three options
"Yes, all", "Yes, some of them" and "No". For the
purposes of this analysis the first two categories were merged as
'"Yes/some". The completion question at the Follow-up appeared in two
separate parts. depending on whether the student was still enrolled in ABE /
College Prep. at the 13 month time point. The former appeared as (completed
some? "Yes" or "No") and the latter as in the Leavers'
survey. Hence the collapsing of the two "Yes" categories of the
Leavers' survey made the responses match those of the Continuers.
Latest information: This term refers to the usage of the latest
information a student reported (post Point of Entry) on a particular question
(e.g. employment status), since some questions were asked at either the
Midpoint or Follow-up time points. Moreover, a student may or may not have been
a respondent at either of the time points. Hence if a student was not a
respondent at the Follow-up, the information (if present) at the Midpoint would
be used. Similarly if information was available from both time points, the
Followup information would be used.
- Latest information needs to be used with some caution, as there could be
potential biases, if there is a lot of missing Follow-up information for some
- The latest information is heavily used in Chapter
3, which compares the three stay groups.