First Advisor

Kathryn A. Farr

Term of Graduation

Winter 1998

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology






Portland State University Returning Women's Workshop, Women -- Education (Higher) -- Oregon -- Portland, College dropouts -- Oregon -- Portland



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1 online resource (84 pages)


This thesis investigates the retention of returning adult women students by examining: I) demographic and motivational backgrounds of women who attend a university Returning Women's Workshop and women who do not; 2) retention, bonding, and support measures for the two groups of women; 3) student evaluations of the various Workshop components. The thesis also describes the history of the Workshop and the Women's Study Program.

A telephone survey was conducted of women who either participated in the Returning Women's Workshop or attended the University during the same selected years. All the women surveyed were over the age of 24 and had attended Portland State University during the Fall term of 1990 or I 991. Workshop participants and nonparticipants were chosen to allow comparison between students receiving and not receiving the resources from the Workshop. Two years were chosen to allow for any difference in Workshop leadership.


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