ERIC Number: ED370642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-22
Reference Count: N/A
The President's Task Force on Retention: Addressing Student Success.
Fujita, Eleanor; Alston, C. Frank
Over the past decade, retention studies at Hudson County Community College (HCCC), in New Jersey, have consistently placed the college at or near the bottom of a group of 19 New Jersey community colleges in terms of retention. In an effort to determine why students were leaving and develop responses to student attrition, a presidential task force was established on student retention consisting of 22 people from every area of the college and co-chaired by a faculty member and a student affairs worker. To gather information, the task force conducted three retention surveys. First, retention-related materials were solicited from 82 top associate degree-producing community colleges nationally, with plans, policies, descriptions, handbooks, and other materials being received from 30 colleges. Then, a survey requesting "1-3 suggestions" for improving retention was sent to all 220 full-time faculty and staff. Responses were received from 44 people and included 164 ideas related to improvements in academic support (24%), college services (18%), and employee attitudes and staff development (13%). Finally, a questionnaire soliciting suggestions for improvement and reasons for leaving was distributed to students in 24 English courses, resulting in responses from 338 students or 10% of the student body. One-third of the student suggestions were related to facilities and parking, while courses, services, instruction, academic support, and finances also received suggestions. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hudson County Community College NJ
Note: Paper presented at the Summer Institute on Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success (6th, Atlantic City, NJ, June 19-22, 1994).