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

First, the collected data were assigned respective codes, ***** known as dummy variables as a way of adding the values of a nomin*****l or ordinal variable to a regression equation 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 each categorical variable into a variable ***** its own, usually coded 0 or 1 (Garson: 2008; Hardy: *****).

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

***** population used in ***** study cons*****ted ***** 212 ***** ***** ***** consisted of different ethnicity, and were further coded as follow: Category 1 for White - Non Hispanic; Category 2 for Black - Non ***** Category 3 for Hispanic; Category ***** ***** Asian; ***** ***** 5 for Other. The last category represents ***** races ***** were not *****d 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 ***** ***** for fe***** students.

In order ***** find out who among the students have completed the nursing ***** (answerable by "Yes"), a code of 1 was used; and ***** 0 was assigned for those who did not complete the nursing program (answerable by "No"). The variable code for Complete Nursing Program was COMPRGM. Since there 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 f***** admission, ***** 1 was assigned ***** signify "Eligible for Admission" and code 2 was ***** to ***** "Not Eligible ***** Admission." *****se ***** 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 ***** application to the nursing *****, there ***** certain ***** courses to be taken. These courses are Human Anatomy and Physiology

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