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CHAPTER 4: RESULTS AND STATISTICAL INTERPRETATION

Analysis

***** was done using the statistical software package SPSS (Statistical Package for ***** Social Sciences) version 11.5 (Halley, et al: 2003). Minitab and Microsoft Excel (Patterson: 2006) were also used to statistically analyze, validate and interpret the collected data.

First, ***** collected data were assigned respective codes, ***** known as dummy variables as a way of adding the values of a nomin*****l or ordinal variable ***** a regression equ*****tion and other statistical methods and analyses (Hardy: 1993). The standard approach to modeling categorical variables is ***** include the categorical variables in the regression equation by converting each level of ***** categorical variable into a variable of its own, usually coded 0 or 1 (Garson: 2*****08; Hardy: *****).

In th***** study, financial *****s were cl*****sified as ***** variables. To determine if students have received ***** aid (FINAID) in *****eir studies (answerable ***** "Yes"), a code of ***** was assigned while those who did not receive any financial ***** (answerable by "No") were coded as 0. Age, being a continuous independent v*****riable, ***** further cl*****sified into four groups and coded as follow: Code 1 for ages between 18 ***** 29; ***** 2 ***** ages between 30 and 39; Code 3 for ages between *****0 and 49; ***** Code 4 ***** ages between 50 and 59. Note that the minimum age of 20 in the proposal was just an assumption ***** the age student normally starts the program. The youngest age of the student ***** the ga*****red ***** for this study is 18.

The population used in ***** study consisted of 212 ***** ***** ***** consisted of different ethnicity, and were further coded as follow: Category 1 for White - Non Hispanic; Category 2 for Black - Non Hispanic; Category 3 for Hispanic; ***** ***** for Asian; and Category 5 ***** Other. The l*****t category represents other races that were not included in the first 4 categories, which include American-Indian, mixed race, ***** so forth. To classify the gender, code 1 was assigned to designate male students and ***** ***** for fe***** students.

In order ***** find out who among the students have completed the nursing program (answerable ***** "Yes"), a code of 1 was used; and code 0 was assigned for those who did not complete the ***** program (answerable by "No"). The variable code for Complete Nursing Program was COMPRGM. Since *****re was a required 70% score or higher sc*****es in the assessment tests of the nurse pre-entrance exam or Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) to be eligible for admission, ***** 1 was assigned ***** signify "Eligible for Admission" and code 2 was ***** to signify "Not Eligible for Admission." These codes are applicable to both HESI Math Score (%) ***** HESI Reading Comprehension Score (%). For ***** cumulative pre-requisite grade point average (GPA), a variable code of CUMPRE***** was assigned. Prior to the application to the nursing program, there were certain pre-requisite courses to be taken. These ***** are Human Anatomy and Physiology

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