ERIC Number: ED219099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Reduction of Student Attrition through Personalized Academic Advising within the Context of Defined Student Educational Goals: Final Project Report.
Jefferson, Curtis F.
Between 1980 and 1982, Cuyahoga Community College (CCC) undertook a project designed to develop and implement cost-effective practices that would improve student success rates and student retention between quarters by 5%. Numerous activities were involved, including the development of a student advising system; the review and revision of course outlines; the establishment of a Student Assessment Center; the development of individualized instructional strategies, student credit-hour standards, and course offering plans; and the monitoring of project activities by a Student Retention Committee. The target population included students enrolled in 35 entry-level courses spanning the business, health, engineering, and general education curricula. Outcomes of the project included the following: (1) the number of credit hours of students enrolled in key courses per full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty increased by 13.7%; (2) the total number of student credit hours on campus per FTE faculty increased by 12.5%; (3) the number of students successful in key courses increased by 3.5%; (4) the number of credit hours for students enrolled in key courses per dollar spent decreased by 6%; and (5) the average student retention between quarters increased by 8.5%. It was concluded that, given firm organizational commitment, productivity (as measured by faculty/student ratio) could be improved along with student retention and success. Data tables are appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Advanced Institutional Development Program Two-Year College Consortium.
Authoring Institution: Cuyahoga Community Coll., Cleveland, OH.
Note: Funded by a grant under the Strengthening Developing Institutions Program.