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CHAPTER 4: RESULTS AND STATISTICAL INTERPRETATION

Analysis

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 ***** interpr***** the collected data.

First, ***** collected ***** were assigned respective codes, ***** known as dummy variables as a way of adding the values of a nominal or *****dinal variable to a regression equ*****tion and other statistical methods and analyses (Hardy: 1993). The standard approach to modeling categorical variables is ***** include the ***** 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 variables were cl*****sified as ***** variables. To determine if students have received ***** aid (FINAID) in their studies (answerable by "Yes"), a code of 1 w*****s ***** while those who did not receive any financial aid (answerable by "No") ***** coded as 0. Age, being a continuous independent variable, w***** further classified into four groups and coded as follow: Code 1 for ages between 18 ***** 29; ***** 2 for ages between 30 and 39; Code 3 ***** ages between 40 and 49; and Code 4 for ages between 50 ***** 59. Note that the minimum age ***** 20 in the proposal w***** just an assumption of the age student normally starts the program. The youngest age of the ***** ***** the ga*****red data for this study is 18.

The population used in ***** study cons*****ted ***** 212 ***** who were consisted of different ethnicity, and were further coded as follow: Category 1 for White - Non Hispanic; ***** 2 for Black ***** Non ***** Category 3 for Hispanic; Category 4 ***** Asian; ***** ***** 5 for Other. The l*****t category represents other 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 2 for female students.

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

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