Retention and Attrition Patterns of Students Pursuing A Degree In Nutritional Sciences: A Critical Feminist Perspective


Austin Derma

Graduate Student Thesis - Seventeen students at The University of Arizona were analyzed to determine what experiences influence the retention and attrition patterns of men and women in the Nutritional Sciences (NSC) degree program. Eleven of the students were currently enrolled in NSC; the other six students had transferred to a different degree. The research was conducted using one-on-one semi-structured interviews. The findings were then coded by the researcher using Acker’s (2012) theory of gendered organizations and revealed four major themes about the retention and attrition patterns of students pursing the NSC degree.

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