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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 ***** interpret the collected data.

First, ***** collected ***** 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 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: 2008; Hardy: 1993).

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

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

***** order to find out who among ***** students have completed the nursing ***** (answerable by "Yes"), a code of 1 ***** *****; ***** ***** 0 was assigned for those who did not complete the nursing program (***** by "No"). The variable code ***** Complete Nursing Program ***** COMPRGM. Since ********** was a required 70% score or higher sc*****es in the assessment tests of the 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 2 was ***** to signify "Not Eligible ***** Admission." These codes 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 the nursing program, there were certain ***** courses ***** be taken. These courses are Human Anatomy and Physiology

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