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CHAPTER 4: RESULTS AND STATISTICAL INTERPRETATION

Analysis

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 ***** collected data.

First, the collected ***** were assigned respective codes, ***** known as dummy variables as a way of adding ***** values of a nomin*****l or ordinal variable ***** a regression equation and other statistical methods and analyses (Hardy: 1993). The standard approach to modeling categorical variables is to include the ***** variables in the regression equation by convert*****g each level of ***** categorical variable into a variable ***** its own, usually coded 0 or 1 (Garson: 2008; Hardy: **********).

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

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

***** 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 (***** by "No"). The variable ***** ***** 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 Hea*****h Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) to be eligible f***** admission, code 1 was assigned to signify "Eligible for Admission" and code 2 was ***** to signify "Not Eligible ***** Admission." *****se codes are applicable to both HESI Math Score (%) and HESI Reading Comprehension Score (%). For ***** cumulative pre-requisite grade point average (GPA), a variable code of CUMPREGPA was assigned. Prior to the application to the nursing program, there were certain pre-requisite courses ***** be taken. These ***** are Human Anatomy and Physiology

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