ERIC Number: ED326265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Student Retention at Piedmont Virginia Community College, 1989-1990. Research Report Number 7-90.
Head, Ronald B.
In 1990, a study was conducted at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) to examine retention rates for 1989-90 in terms of a variety of institutional and student characteristics and to determine whether major differences existed between returning and non-returning students. Data were collected from end-of-term student files. Study findings included the following: (1) 51.4% of all students enrolled at PVCC and 83.4% of all full-time students during fall 1989 returned and completed the spring 1989 semester; (2) the retention rate for freshmen was 65.7%, while sophomores had a retention rate of 72.3%; (3) part-time students returned at a rate of 44.0%, with most of the returning students enrolled in on-campus programs leading toward degrees; (4) retention rates for 1989-90 were similar to retention rates for 1988-89 and to fall-to-winter retention rates from earlier years; (5) in 1988-89, the retention rate for full-time black students was 22.3% lower than that for full-time white students, while in 1989-90, there was only a 4.9% difference in the retention rates of full-time black students and white students; and (6) retention rates for programs leading to an associate of arts or associate of science degree were somewhat lower than those for programs leading to an associate of applied science degree. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.