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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 the collected data.

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

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

The population used in ***** study cons*****ted ***** 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; ***** 4 ***** Asian; and Category 5 for Other. The last category represents ***** races that were ***** included in the first 4 categories, which include American-Indian, mixed race, and so forth. To classify the gender, code 1 was assigned to designate male *****s and ***** 2 for fe***** students.

In order to find out who among the students have completed the nursing ***** (answerable by "Yes"), a code of 1 was *****; and code 0 was assigned for those who did not complete the ***** program (answerable by "No"). The variable ***** for Complete Nursing Program ***** COMPRGM. Since ********** was a required 70% score or higher scores in the *****ssessment tests of ***** nurse pre-entrance exam or Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) ***** be eligible for admission, code 1 was assigned to signify "Eligible for Admission" and code ***** was ***** to ***** "Not Eligible ***** Admission." *****se ***** 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 ***** courses to be taken. These courses are Human Anatomy and Physiology

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