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CHAPTER 4: RESULTS AND STATISTICAL INTERPRETATION

Analysis

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

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

In this study, financial variables were cl*****sified as ***** variables. To determine if students have received ***** aid (FINAID) in their studies (answerable ***** "Yes"), a code of 1 was ***** while those who did not receive any financial ***** (answerable by "No") were coded as 0. Age, being a continuous independent v*****riable, w***** further classified into four groups and coded as follow: Code 1 for ages between 18 ***** 29; Code 2 ***** ages ***** 30 and 39; Code 3 for ages between 40 and 49; ***** ***** 4 ***** ages ***** 50 and 59. Note that the minimum age ***** 20 in the proposal was just an assumption of the age student normally starts the program. The youngest age of the ***** in the ga*****red ***** for ***** study is 18.

***** population used in th***** study consisted ***** 212 ***** ***** ***** ***** of different e*****nicity, and were further coded as follow: Category 1 for White - Non Hispanic; ***** 2 ***** Black - Non Hispanic; Category 3 for Hispanic; Category ***** for Asian; ***** ***** 5 for Other. The l*****t category represents ***** races ***** were ***** included in the first 4 categories, which include American-Indian, mixed race, and so forth. To classify ***** gender, code 1 was assigned to designate male students and code ***** for female students.

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

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