ERIC Number: ED243537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Should Late Enrolling New Students Be Registered for Classes?
Stein, June B.
New and continuing students at Minneapolis Community College (MCC) are permitted to enroll and register through the first week of classes. Students who apply and register just before classes begin or during the first 5 days of a quarter always seem to require more staff and counselor time than normal. A study was conducted to determine whether the grades and retention rates of these late-enrolling students justified the extra time and effort required to enroll them. The study examined data on 175 new students who registered for classes between 3 days before classes started and 8 days into the quarter, comparing the number of credits taken, grade point average, and next-term persistence for this group with data for the total student body. Study findings revealed: (1) 25.1% of the late-enrolling new students earned no grade points, as compared to 21.4% for the student body as a whole; (2) the proportion of the late group who received an "A" grade was 28.0%, compared to 17.6% for the total student body; and (3) of the 175 late-enrolling new students, only 23.4% registered the following quarter, compared to rates of retention of 60.2% to 65.5% recorded for the student body as a whole in studies conducted in 1976 and 1979. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Community Coll., MN.