ERIC Number: ED345776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Graduation, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Research Methodology, School Effectiveness, School Holding Power, State Standards, State Surveys, Student Characteristics, Success, Transfer Rates (College), Trend Analysis, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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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).