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ERIC Number: ED345776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Pages: 20
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Methodology and Implications of Statewide Success Rates of Community College Students.
McConochie, Daniel D.; Rajasekhara, Koosappa
In 1991, the Maryland State Board for Community Colleges developed the "success rate," a reporting index which combined graduation, transfer, and persistence rates. Success rate matrices were produced by tracking first-time, full-time students representing seven cohorts (1980 to 1986) over a 4-year period, and matching entering enrollment files with subsequent enrollment and graduation files from all public two- and four-year campuses in Maryland. A review of Maryland's success trends revealed the following: (1) 46% of the cohort entering in fall 1986 had either transferred, graduated, or were still enrolled after four years, an increase of 4% over the 1980 cohort; (2) colleges with the highest success rates were most often located in rural areas or smaller towns and had a higher concentration of full-time students; (3) within peer colleges (grouped by size and location) those with the highest success rates had traditions of strong academic advising systems, computer-assisted audits of progress toward degrees, and younger student bodies; (4) transfer rates increased from 21% for the 1980 cohort to over 26% for the 1986 cohort; (5) the graduation rate increased from 18% to 20% over the seven cohorts; (6) between 8% and 10% of the cohorts were still enrolled at the end of the 4-year tracking period; (7) the success rate of African-American students increased (27% for 1980 vs 28% for 1986), but remained lower than that of White students (46% for 1980 vs 52% for 1986); and (8) the success rate of male students increased from 39% to 44%, while the rate for female students increased from 42% to 49%. Five data tables, a graph and six references are included. (JSP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Identifiers: Maryland; Success Rates (College Students)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (32nd, Atlanta, GA, May 10-13, 1992).